Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, September 30, 1915: “. . . . complete satisfaction of having accomplished our task. . . .”

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

“First Spring Journey to Bluff

“September 30th. We are ready for an early start to-morrow. Gaze remaining behind, because of the condition of his heel. He will care for the dogs, which we will not take south until the third trip to the Bluff, then I hope to work them to the Beardmore. Under ordinary circumstances, with so poor an equipment, one would not consider for a second such a journey, the Bluff depot would be the limit of our mileage. If any of the old Arctic or Antarctic explorers read this log, I feel certain they will agree with me in my remark.

“Our spirits buoyed for the journey ahead of us, we sat down to our last dinner at Cape Evans before trekking. We are merry and bright with a complete satisfaction of having accomplished our task of preparations under extraordinary circumstances.”

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