March 12, 1911: The Pole Party imagined to be in the home stretch

–from Frank Debenham’s account published as “In the Quiet Land”– “12.3.12:  Charles [Wright] has shipped his pendulums into the darkroom.  He is sitting beside me reading The Rosary and is totally absorbed–you have to hit him with a hammer to get an answer! “The others of the ‘Afterguard’ at the hut are Gran and Nelson.  … More March 12, 1911: The Pole Party imagined to be in the home stretch

January 15, 1912: First supporting party reaches One Ton Depot

–from “Silas,” Charles S. Wright’s Antarctic diary and memoir– Monday, January 15–One Ton Depot.  Eleven miles–The Great Hoosh.  Almost a full day’s whack gone in one meal, seven biscuits, extra pemmican, etc. and one stick chocolate.  Good old chocolates.  3 XS rations laid here on [January] 9th by Day, Nelson, Hooper, and Clissold.  We now have … More January 15, 1912: First supporting party reaches One Ton Depot

December 28, 1911: First Supporting Party at Shambles Camp

–from Charles “Silas” Wright’s diary– “Lunch at bottom glacier depot [Lower Glacier Depot after] eight miles.  Camp twelve and a quarter miles at pony murder [site, Shambles Camp] and sledges.  On the Barrier again. “Take on a 10 ft. instead of a 12 ft. sledge here.  Rock collected from foot of Mt. Hope.  Came down … More December 28, 1911: First Supporting Party at Shambles Camp

December 20, 1911: First supporting party to return to Cape Evans

From Cherry-Garrard’s diary: “December 20.  Today has been a great march–over two miles an hour, and on the whole rising a lot.  Soon after starting we got onto the most beautiful icy surface, smoothe except for cracks and only patches of snow, most of which we could avoid.  We came along at a great rate. … More December 20, 1911: First supporting party to return to Cape Evans

December 18, 1911: Support team on the Beardmore

From Charles Wright’s diary– “Up 1000 ft. in day.  Lunch seven miles, total twelve and a quarter miles.  Snowing slightly all day–narrow armed feathery crystals 1/8” in diameter. “In P.M. crevasses up 3 ft. [wide, trending] S 50 [degrees] W, then S-N for rest of day, snow bridged. “Went all day helter-skelter over, under, in, … More December 18, 1911: Support team on the Beardmore

November 28, 1911: “Chinaman died today. . .”

From Charles “Silas” Wright’s diary: “Head wind 25 m.p.h all day.  Surface as yesterday but patches of sastrugi fairly good.  Light very bad, at times could not see 4 in. [deep] footsteps under feet though paty three quarters of a mile away [was] visible. . . . “Chinaman [Wright’s pony] died tonight of senile decay … More November 28, 1911: “Chinaman died today. . .”

November 7-8, 1911: from the diary of Charles S. Wright [Silas]

Tuesday, November 7:  “Same place–blizzard–since last entry, twenty-four hours to date.  Ponies don’t like it.” Wednesday, November 8:  “Got off about midnight as the wind began to take off.  Six miles to lunch (four and a half to cairn) and five miles after lunch to old cairn of last year in good preservation close (6000 … More November 7-8, 1911: from the diary of Charles S. Wright [Silas]