February 23, 1912: Scott’s Party, optimistic on the Barrier

–from Scott’s diary– “Thursday, February 23.–R. 37.  Lunch Temp -9.8.  Supper Temp. -12.  Started in sunshine, wind almost dropped.  Luckily, Bowers took a round of angles and with the help of the chart we fogged out that we must be inside rather than outside tracks.  The data were so meagre that it seemed a great … More February 23, 1912: Scott’s Party, optimistic on the Barrier

February 20, 1912: Scott’s party leaves the Beardmore Glacier behind

–from Edward Wilson’s diary– “We got to the Blizzard Camp by lunch time.” [This is the entire entry for the day.  Wilson’s diary up to this time had consisted of long, descriptive daily entries.  From this point on they are very brief, an indication of the fatigue that has overtaken the Polar Party after three … More February 20, 1912: Scott’s party leaves the Beardmore Glacier behind

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

February 4, 1912: Taff Evans takes a fall

–from Scott’s diary– “Sunday, February 4.  R. 18.  8620 feet.  Temp.:  Lunch -22; Supper -23.  Pulled on foot in the morning over good hard surface and covered 9.7 miles.  Just before lunch unexpectedly fell into crevasses, Evans and I together–a second fall for Evans, and I camped.  After lunch saw new disturbance ahead, and what … More February 4, 1912: Taff Evans takes a fall

February 2, 1912: Scott’s party downslope on the Plateau

–from Edward Wilson’s sledging diary– “Fri 2 Feb.  We came down two slopes today.  Scott had a nasty fall on the point of his shoulder.  We have not however seen a crevasse as yet on the way back but ought to tomorrow.  We are still following our old tracks.  I got through the day without … More February 2, 1912: Scott’s party downslope on the Plateau

January 30, 1911: Good luck and bad news on the plateau

–from Scott’s diary– “Tuesday, January 30.–R. 13. 9860.  Lunch Temp. -25.  Supper Temp.  -24.5.  Thank the Lord, another fine march–19 miles.  We have passed the last cairn before the depot, the track is clear ahead, the weather fair, the wind helpful, the gradient down–with any luck we should pick up our depot in the middle … More January 30, 1911: Good luck and bad news on the plateau

January 27, 1912: The Polar Party on the Plateau

–From Scott’s diary– “There has been a nice helpful southerly breeze all day, a clear sky and comparatively warm temperatures.  The air is dry again, so that tents and equipment are gradually losing their icy conditions imposed by the blizzard conditions of the last week. “Our sleeping bags are slowly but surely getting wetter and … More January 27, 1912: The Polar Party on the Plateau