September 9, 1912: “We are in full spring at last. . . .”

–from Frank Debenham’s account, “The Quiet Land”— “We are in full spring at last with appreciable warmth in the sunlight.  It’s very curious how one can be too hot on one cheek and too cold on the other.  For instance today the sun was warmish but the temperature was -18 degrees F. and the cheek … More September 9, 1912: “We are in full spring at last. . . .”

September 5. 1912: The end of fine weather in Adelie Land

–from Douglas Mawson’s account, “The Home of the Blizzard”– “At 4 p.m. on September 5, while a number of the men were still dredging out on the floe, whirlies with great columns of drift came steadily down the glacier, pouring over the seaward cliffs.   In a few minutes the clouds of snow were round the … More September 5. 1912: The end of fine weather in Adelie Land

August 31, 1912: Wild on the Trail in Queen Mary Land

–from Frank Wild’s field diary published in “Frank Wild” by Lief Mills– “31 August.  11 miles 1730 yards.  We had a lot of digging before we could get away this morning, but started at 8.40.  A beautiful day, temperature from -12 to -15 degrees.  We passed number two island [Henderson Island] in the forenoon and … More August 31, 1912: Wild on the Trail in Queen Mary Land

August 27, 1912: “A regular gem” on Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”— At this time we were confined to our beds, but our greatest worry was once more for the stability of our roof.  The drift was gradually wearing a way through near the chimney, and on the 27th a hole actually made its appearance.  Drift commenced to blow into the … More August 27, 1912: “A regular gem” on Inexpressible Island

August 18, 1912: Sunlight on the smoke plume from Erebus

–from Tryggve Gran’s diary, published as “The Norwegian with Scott”– “18 August.  Last Monday [12 August] for the first time, the smoke plume from Erebus was properly lit by sunshine.  It was really quite a solemn moment.  On Tuesday we expected the sun to reach the summit, but at midday there was a thick snow-fall … More August 18, 1912: Sunlight on the smoke plume from Erebus

August 15, 1912: Spring comes to Inexpressible Island

–from Raymond Priestley’s account “Antarctic Adventure”– “On the 15th we made another trip to the depot in spite of the ever-present wind, and we dug out the iron-runnered sledge and ran her across to the north side of Inexpressible Island, where we left her for the present.  It was a cold day, and Campbell, who … More August 15, 1912: Spring comes to Inexpressible Island

July 1912: Sledging harness for the spring campaign

–from Douglas Mawson’s account “The Home of the Blizzard”– [this same sort of preparation was going on at all the expedition huts dotted around the shores of the Antarctic continent in the austral spring of 1912] “Ninnis and Mertz ran a tailoring business for the dogs, who were brought one by one into the outer … More July 1912: Sledging harness for the spring campaign

Sunday, November 26, 1911: Scott’s diary on the Barrier

“Camp 22–Snow began falling during the second march; it is blowing from the W.S.W., force 2 to 3, with snow pattering on the tent, a kind of summery blizzard that reminds one of April showers at home.  The ponies came well on the second march and we shall start 2 hours later again tomorrow, i.e. … More Sunday, November 26, 1911: Scott’s diary on the Barrier