January 16, 1913: “. . .minor preparations for another year down here. . . “

–from Frank Debenham’s account “The Quiet Land— [at Cape Evans] “Brisk north wind today, and pack will be back again before long, I expect. Early this morning there was a very energetic cry of ‘Ship ahoy’ from Crean, but for the hundredth time the ship gradually turned into an iceberg. In fact the only certain … More January 16, 1913: “. . .minor preparations for another year down here. . . “

January 11, 1913: Cape Evans–Scott’s men still waiting for the ship

–from Frank Debenham’s diary published as “The Quiet Land”– “11.1.13″ Still no ship. There is plenty of time yet, of course, but most of us expected her [the Terra Nova on her anticpated return to take off the wintering party of Scott’s last expedition] before now. Some of the men have made up their minds … More January 11, 1913: Cape Evans–Scott’s men still waiting for the ship

January 2, 1913: Waiting for the Terra Nova at Cape Evans

–from Frank Debenham’s diary published in “The Quiet Land”– “2.1.12. Last volume of the diary now–expect I shall not get very far with it before there is no need to write more, as even now we are daily expecting the ship. All last month I was away up Erebus, and over at Cape Royds, getting … More January 2, 1913: Waiting for the Terra Nova at Cape Evans

December 4, 1912: An ascent of Mount Erebus

–from Frank Debenham’s account The Quiet Land— [Debenham, along with others at Cape Evans, had undertaken the second-ever ascent of Mt. Erebus, the smoking volcano that overlooks Ross Island and the northern Barrier] “4.12.12.  Lunch Camp about 2000 ft up.  Got up at 6.30 this morning and wasted no time in getting out.  Surface very … More December 4, 1912: An ascent of Mount Erebus

September 14, 1912: “Tomorrow if it is fine, a party goes to Hut Pt.. . .”

–from Frank Debenham’s account of Scott’s last expedition The Quiet Land — “Had a  long day with the dogs yesterday and we had many differences.  With help I have made a new dog sledge of my own which unfortunately is a little top heavy, so that I had 5 capsizes and in one of them … More September 14, 1912: “Tomorrow if it is fine, a party goes to Hut Pt.. . .”

September 10, 1912: Sledge dogs at Cape Evans

–from Frank Debenham’s account “The Quiet Land”— “Each dog has a depth of character and it is very funny dealing with them at times.  The two Garachis (Gingers) are good pullers though light, and full of spirits, the smaller being especially perky.  His expression when the sledge meets obstructions is most ludicrous.  Lion and Snowdrop … More September 10, 1912: Sledge dogs at Cape Evans

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. . . .”

August 1912: “We all get along splendidly together. . . .” [Cape Evans]

–from Frank Debenham’s diary, published as “The Quiet Land”– “We all bert along splendedly together and any little feelings there may be are kept well out of sight; and there is, as can be imagined, plenty of opportunity for disagreements in this sort of life.  Arguments are always on the go and at times Whittaker … More August 1912: “We all get along splendidly together. . . .” [Cape Evans]