Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, March 13, 1915: “. . .another day had to be spent in the frozen bags.”

–from Ernest Shackleton’s account “South”–

“Saturday, March 13, was another day spent in the sleeping-bags. A blizzard was raging and everything was obscured. The men saved food by taking only one meal during the day, and they felt the effect of the short rations in lowered vitality. Both Joyce and [Ernest] Wild had toes frost-bitten while in their bags and found dificulty in getting the circulation restored. Wild suffered particularly in this way and his feet were very sore. The weather cleared a little the next morning, but the drift began again before the party could break camp, and another day had to be spent in the frozen bags.”

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