Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 26, 1916: “. . . and then we saw the Great Beardmore Glacier. . .”

—from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “January 26th, Wednesday. Up at 5 o’clock. Then a talk during breakfast. Arriving at the conclusion to keep the tent pitched. The weather being clear and no clouds, we decided to investigate and search for a passage through. Skipper, Richy, and self roped together, I taking the … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 26, 1916: “. . . and then we saw the Great Beardmore Glacier. . .”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 22, 1916: “. . . the Padre gave in, so we camped. . . .”

—from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “January 22nd, Saturday. For the first time since October I overslept myself. I have awakened at 5 to 5.30 every morning. I think this regularity is the result of my Naval training. Up 7.10. Under way 9 o’clock; at 11.30 the Padre gave in, so we camped. … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, January 22, 1916: “. . . the Padre gave in, so we camped. . . .”

August 1912: Plans for the upcoming Search Journey

–from Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account “The Worst Journey in the World”– “The coming Search Journey was organized to reach the Upper Glacier Depot, and the plans were modelled on the Polar Journey of the year before.  But now we had no extensive depots on the Barrier.  It was intended that the dogs should run two trips … More August 1912: Plans for the upcoming Search Journey

February 17, 1912: The death of Petty Officer Edgar “Taff” Evans

–from Scott’s diary– “Saturday, February 17.– “A very terrible day.  Evans looked a little better after a good sleep, and declared, as he always did, that he was quite well.  He started in his place on the traces, but half an hour later worked his ski shoes adrift, and had to leave the sledge.  The … More February 17, 1912: The death of Petty Officer Edgar “Taff” Evans

February 12, 1912: Scott’s party lost on the glacier

–from Scott’s diary– “Monday, February 12.–R. 26.  In a very critical situation.  All went well in the forenoon, and we did a good long march over a fair surface.  Two hours before lunch we were cheered by the sight of our night camp of the 18th December, the day after we made our depot–this showed … More February 12, 1912: Scott’s party lost on the glacier

February 8, 1912: Scott’s party geologising on the glacier

–from Edward Wilson’s diary– “Thurs 8 Feb.  Mt. Buckley cliffs “A very busy day.  We had a very cold forenoon march blowing like blazes from the S.  Birdie detached and went on ski to Mt. Darwin and collected some dolerite, only rock he could see on the nunatak which was nearest.  We got into a … More February 8, 1912: Scott’s party geologising on the glacier

January 29, 1912: The last supporting party–trouble on the glacier

–from William Lashly’s diary– “29 January 1912.  Another good day was helped by the sail all day.  One man could again manage for about two hours.  The weather is still very warm, plus 20 again.  Did 16-1/2 miles, only 14 to the next depot.  Mr. Evans is still suffering from the same complaint [looseness of … More January 29, 1912: The last supporting party–trouble on the glacier

January 18-29: Lt. Evans snowblind on the Supporting Party’s return

–from his account “South with Scott”– “The next day I had an awful attack of snow blindness, but the way down the glacier was so easy that it did not matter.  I forget whether Lashly or Crean led then, but I marched alongside, keeping in touch with the trace by hitching the lanyard of my … More January 18-29: Lt. Evans snowblind on the Supporting Party’s return

January 26, 1912: Supporting Party on the Glacier–Bill Lashly’s diary

–from his diary as published in “Under Scott’s Command”– “26.1.12  This have been a wonderful day for surface.  This morning we started with a fair wind and a soft snow and a very hight temperature–plus 34–much too high for sledging.  We were on skis, or it might have been on stilts for the amount of snow … More January 26, 1912: Supporting Party on the Glacier–Bill Lashly’s diary