Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, September 1915: “. . . canvas trousers, which froze like boards on us. . .”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”–

“After discussion, the programme is to sledge the great bulk of the stores (about 4,000 pounds) to Safety Camp on the Barriner—the distance about 23 miles to the south.

“Starting September 1st, the different parties sledged practically all that month, one of the toughest months in the Antarctic for trekking. The temperatures encountered varying from 10º to 60º below zero. The majority of us travelled in canvas trousers, which froze like boards on us.

“However, we had the consolation of knowing this condition saved our Burberrys for the Barrier. Gaze suffered from a frostbitten heel and was obliged to lay up. Frostbites were also prevalent amongst us.”

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