November 17, 1914: Climbing South Georgia with the Photographer Hurley

–from a letter by Lionel Greenstreet to his father–

“I gave him a hand to lug a whole plate camera and 40 lbs of gear and accoutrements & by gum we had some lovely places to go, like a fly crawling up a wall. . . . He did get some beauties from the top, well worth the exertion of getting there.”

The Allardyce Range towering above Grytviken had seldom been climbed, and never crossed. Worsley came along to help with the equipment. Near the top they cut steps with an ice axe. One of Hurley’s photographs taken from Duce Fell this day shows the whaling station and flensing platforms, with the “Endurance” appearing far below and very small in the vast wilderness surrounding East Cumberland Bay in South Georgia.


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