Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 19, 1916: “There is no turning back now.“

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

“January 19th, Wednesday. Under way as usual. What a day! Opened up land to the S.E. during forenoon. The difficulty is to pick out Mt. Hope, as our chart is an old one and not marked. Mt. Hope is 2,700 feet high to the west of the Beardmore Glacier. I do not expect to sight it for 2 or 3 days yet. One can see that height about 54 miles off. Lunch. 6 miles 700 yards. Under way 1 o’clock.

“The Padre [Arnold Spencer-Smith] complained of his knees giving out [a sign of scurvy]; he has been in agony since 81º depot. It is a great pity that the Skipper and his party did not return at 80 º. There is no turning back now. Whatever happens, I expect we will have to leave the Skipper and Padre in camp, when we push forward. Surface changeable in the afternoon. Distance 13 miles 700 yards for the day. We must try and do 15 miles. The dogs are Trojans. Hot feed to-night.”

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