Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, November 24-25, 1915: “Shall try and trek south to-morrow. . . .”

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

[Having spent some time at Hut Point recuperating from the earlier depot-stocking journey to Minna Bluff, Joyce is preparing to head south again.]

“November 24th, Wednesday. My eyes are much better; shall try and trek south to-morrow. Overhauled sledges, dog harness, provisions, etc. Richy [R. W. Richards] preparing dog meat, he is going to look after them. I shall be leading. Hoping to-morrow will bring fine weather.

“November 25th, Thursday. Up at 6 o’clock. Fine morning. Lunch noon. Under way 2.20. Northerly wind and heavy drift. Rounded Cape Armitage in a heavy drift. Arrived Safety Camp 5.20. Dinner, after which packed sledges for an early start to-morrow. Found a most amusing letter from the Skipper [Mackintosh]. Turned in 11 o’clock.”

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