3/26/24 Book Review: Meredith Hooper’s “The Longest Winter–Scott’s Other Heroes”

This website was never intended for words other than those quoted from the members of the Antarctic exploring parties who risked their lives in the name of science and discovery. However, there is one book so compelling in its subject matter, so detailed and literate in its delivery, that it deserves a mention here, and … More 3/26/24 Book Review: Meredith Hooper’s “The Longest Winter–Scott’s Other Heroes”

November 10-17,1912: The Northern Party, safe at Cape Evans, recovers

–from Raymond Priestley’s account Antarctic Adventure— [At Cape Evans]   “The next few days were spent by the Northern Party resting and feeding.  We managed to avoid any trouble from overeathing by having an infinite number of small meals with very small intervals between instead of three or four big ones, while each man when he … More November 10-17,1912: The Northern Party, safe at Cape Evans, recovers

November 4, 1912: The Northern Party makes Hut Point: Home at last!

–from Raymond Priestley’s account Antarctic Adventure— “After a short sleep we now set out on our way acroos the seven miles of sea ice intervening between us and Hut Point.   We were within a mile of our destination when one of the big sastrugi over which we were marching capsized the sledge. . . . … More November 4, 1912: The Northern Party makes Hut Point: Home at last!

November 1, 1912: Scott’s Northern Party almost home. . . .

–from Raymond Priestley’s account Antarctic Adventure— “Cape Bernacchi was reached n the afternoon of the 1st of November, and here we found another depot, which contained to our joy a quantity of pemmican, a food which had been absent from the one at Cape Roberts.  By this time butter and biscuit had lost their first … More November 1, 1912: Scott’s Northern Party almost home. . . .

October 20, 1912: The Northern Party gets a seal

–from Raymond Priestley’s account Antarctic Adventure— “It was in this march across the comparatively open space to the north of the Nordenskjold [Glacier tongue] that we killed our first seal, and very glad we were to get it.  The food was disappearing far more quickly per  mile than I had anticipated, and twice I had … More October 20, 1912: The Northern Party gets a seal

October 12-15, 1912: Scott’s Northern Party slogging it out over the ice-pack

–from Raymond Priestley’s account Antarctic Adventure— “Another day’s slogging away over pack.  We got through the belt and in view of the Nordenskjold ice-wall about five this afternoon.  Until then we were relaying all the time over pack with presure-ridges 8 or 9 feet high, and snowbanks up to 4 feet thick.  It has been … More October 12-15, 1912: Scott’s Northern Party slogging it out over the ice-pack

October 10, 1912: Scott’s Northern Party–in sight of home at last!

–from Raymond Priestley’s account Antarctic Adventure— “The next day (October 10th) saw us camped on the sea ice to the south of the Drygalski Ice Tongue, and though we had only covered one-sixth of the distance in miles we felt that we were already halfway home. . . .The glacier had not, indeed proved as … More October 10, 1912: Scott’s Northern Party–in sight of home at last!

October 9, 1912: “Another gruelling day. . . [for Scott’s Northern Party]

–from Raymond Priestley’s account Antarctic Adventure– “We have had another gruelling day over a succession of ice-waves from 40 to 50 feet hight, with their broken crests facing the south.  Every now and then one of these ends in a sheer cliff-face, and the valley becomes almost a gorge with one or two, usually one, … More October 9, 1912: “Another gruelling day. . . [for Scott’s Northern Party]

October 5, 1912: Scott’s stranded northern party on the march

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”– “. . . . Campbell and I went out to look at the weather, and as this was thicker than ever the tent was pitched.  We then had hoosh and turned in, not at all sorry to be able to give Browning the rest he would obtain from a … More October 5, 1912: Scott’s stranded northern party on the march

September 24, 1912: “Last month of our imprisonment. . .”

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”– “The mending of tents was finished, and they were examined for unnoticed holes; the caps of the tent-poles were strengthened, and our wind-cloths and sleeping bags were repatched.  While this was bing done iI bagged up the rest of the provisions–the meat was already finished–and conveyed the bags outside … More September 24, 1912: “Last month of our imprisonment. . .”