Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Elephant Island, July, 1916: “July was a particularly obnoxious month.”

–from Frank Hurley’s account “Shackleton’s Argonauts”— “July was a particularly obnoxious month. The variable temperatures of early spring frayed our tempers and added to our discomforts. Warmer days were marked by increased humidity, in which we felt the cold more than the actual winter. We now experienced occasional rain, and the stronger rays of the … More Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ Expedition, Elephant Island, July, 1916: “July was a particularly obnoxious month.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, September 1915: “. . . canvas trousers, which froze like boards on us. . .”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”– “After discussion, the programme is to sledge the great bulk of the stores (about 4,000 pounds) to Safety Camp on the Barriner—the distance about 23 miles to the south. “Starting September 1st, the different parties sledged practically all that month, one of the toughest months in the … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, September 1915: “. . . canvas trousers, which froze like boards on us. . .”

January 2, 1914: Mawson’s Expedition Leaves the Antarctic Continent for Good

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”— The Australasian Antarctic Expedition finally departed December 23, 1913. “. . .the motor launch, with Madigan and Bickerton, sped away [from the Aurora anchored in Commonwealth Bay] for the last load through falling snow and a rising sea. Hodgeman had battened down the windows of the … More January 2, 1914: Mawson’s Expedition Leaves the Antarctic Continent for Good

October 20, 1913: Spring arrives at Commonwealth Bay

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– “The winds were very high for the ensuing two days, and on the 17th (October) the horizon was clearer and more water-sky was visible. Before lunch on that day there was not a living thing along the steep, overhanging ice-foot, but by late afternoon thirteen birds … More October 20, 1913: Spring arrives at Commonwealth Bay

November 26, 1912: “I never saw anything so gloriously beautiful . . . .”

–from Frank Wild’s sledging journal quoted in Lief Mills’ Frank Wild— “26 November.  3 miles 1050 yards.  Another very hard day, and weather still beautiful  We were going hard amongst pressure and across an open lead this morning for three hours to get half a mile on, and at 1 pm had done just a … More November 26, 1912: “I never saw anything so gloriously beautiful . . . .”

November 11, 1912: Frank Wild’s eastern party sets out to explore Queen Mary Land

–from Frank Wild by Leif Mills– [“Wild himself was determined that his parties from the western base would do as much as they could.  There was no recognisable ‘goal’ to achieve (certainly as far as his eastern party was concerned) as there had been on the Nimrod expedition but the success of their parties would … More November 11, 1912: Frank Wild’s eastern party sets out to explore Queen Mary Land

November 11, 1912: The search party nears One Ton Depot from the north

–from Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account The Worst Journey in the World— “There were the most beautiful cloud-effects as we came along–a deep black to the west, shading into long lines of grey and lemon yellow round the sun, with a vertical shaft through them, and a bright orange horizon.  Now there is a brilliant parhelion.  Given … More November 11, 1912: The search party nears One Ton Depot from the north

November 6, 1912: Mawson’s field parties on the eve of departure from Cape Denison

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard— “November opened with more moderate weather, auguring still better conditions for midsummer. Accordingly, November 6 was fixed as the date of final departure for several of the parties.  Everybody was on the tiptoe of expectation. “The evening of November 5 was made a special occasion:  a … More November 6, 1912: Mawson’s field parties on the eve of departure from Cape Denison

October 21, 1912: A thaw inside Mawson’s Hut

–from Douglas Mawson’s account The Home of the Blizzard— “On October 21 there was a marked thaw inside the Hut.  the thick cakes of ice on the roof windows dripped continually, coming away in lumps at lunch-time and falling among the diners at both ends of the table.  Every available bucket and tub was in … More October 21, 1912: A thaw inside Mawson’s Hut

September 12-15, 1912: Early spring sledging in Adelie Land

–Cecil T. Madigan’s account of the first journey into the interior of Adelie Land, quoted by Douglas Maswon in “The Home of the Blizzard“– “After leaving Aladdin’s Cave on the 12th we continued due south, lunching at 2 p.m. on the site of Webb’s first camp.  Our troubles had already begun, the wind averaged sixty … More September 12-15, 1912: Early spring sledging in Adelie Land