Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 15, 1916: “I could just see an outline of the land to steer by . . . .”

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

“January 15, Saturday. Up 5.45. Under way 7.40. Clear—a strong S.E. wind. Surface improved through a cold snap in the night; the temperature went down below zero, the first zero temperature since November. Head wind right in our teeth. In spite of this we put I 5 miles, 1,700 yards before lunch after which the wind freshened and sky became overcast. I could just see an outline of the land to steer by; this saves the eyes.

“Skipper and Padre not too good. Distance for day 11 miles, 1,072 yards. Excellent surface and good traveling. Dogs keep up their lively spirits and are very fresh. Richy gave them an extra feed to-night. Snow-blindness improving.”

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