Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, May 18, 1916: “We turned in early that night, but sleep did not come to me.”

–from Shackleton’s account “South”—

“The carpenter [Harry McNeish] started making a sledge for use on the overland journey. The materials at his disposal were limited in quantity and scarcely suitable in quality. We overhauled our gear on Thursday, May 18, and hauled our sledge to the lower edge of the snouted glacier. Worsley and Crean were coming with me, and after consultation we decided to leave the sleeping-bags behind us and make the journey in very light marching order. We would take three days’ provisions for each man in the form of sledging ration and biscuit. The food was to be packed in three socks, so that each member of the party could carry his own supply. Then we were to take the Primus lamp filled with oil, the small cooker, the carpenter’s adze (for use as an ice-axe), and the alpine rope which made a total length of fifty feet when knotted.

“We turned in early that night, but sleep did not come to me.”

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