Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 23, 1916: “. . . a tight squeeze. . . .”

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

“January 23rd, Saturday. Up 5.30. Under way 7.30. With 5 men in a 3-man tent, it makes a tight squeeze, did not have a very good night’s rest. The temperature is down fairly low; weather thick. Nothing in sight and very foggy. Had to build cairns to steer by. At 11.30 came on to blizzard; decided to camp. Came on very heavily during lunch; brought the sleeping-bags in and laid up. Although the rest will do us the world of good, especially the dogs, we cannot afford the time; we will have to make up for it later. Distance travelled 4 miles—about 20 miles from our destination. Hoping ‘Provi’ will give us a travelling day tomorrow.”


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