Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, May12, 1916: The fate of these foolish people we do not know. “

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “Blizzard-bound until the 12th, when we took a trek to the north, following in the Skipper’s trail, which was visible. Discovered it led to the north-west and open water. The fate of these foolish people we do not know. “Shall not proceed to the north until the … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, May12, 1916: The fate of these foolish people we do not know. “

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, May 8, 1916: “. . .the Antarctic Region is a harsh mistress.“

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— During breakfast on the 8th, the Skipper [Mackintosh] asked me what I thought about him going to Cape Evans, with Hayward, who volunteered to accompany him. . . . I told him we would have a blizzard within two hours and advised him not to attempt it. … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, May 8, 1916: “. . .the Antarctic Region is a harsh mistress.“

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, November 10, 1915: “Came on splendid surface 2.30. . .”

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”— “November 10, Wednesday. An excellent night. Temp. -8. Up ayt 6 a.m., under way usual time. After struggling for 2-1/2 hours up hill, reached the ice pressure at 11 o’clock. Lunch usual. Under way, 1. [Joyce, Irvine Gaze, and John Cope are travelling as a detached party … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, November 10, 1915: “Came on splendid surface 2.30. . .”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 26, 1915: Plans for sledging Shackleton’s supplies south

–from R. W. Richards’ account– [the June 26 planning discussions continued] “The estimation of the weight of provissions required for the use of the depot laying parties, and for the six men of the Trans-continental Party, was about 4,000 lb. This had to be transported initially from Cape Evans to Hut Point. Mackintosh’s sledging plans … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 26, 1915: Plans for sledging Shackleton’s supplies south

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 2, 1915: “The hut to us seemed like a palace.”

–from Ernest Joyce’s diary— “June 2nd. Under way for Cape Evans [having departed from their exile at the Discovery hut], 13 ½ miles away. When we started the moon was shining brightly In an hour it was obscured. This was unfortunate. About eight miles from Hut Point is a Glacier Tongue, a huge formation about … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 2, 1915: “The hut to us seemed like a palace.”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 1915: “We are living the primitive life.. . .”

[Through a set of unavoidable circumstances, the Ross Sea Party had been divided into three separate parties, none of which had communication with either of the two others. The ship Aurora had been carried away into the Ross Sea, her fate unknown to those thus stranded ashore. The men remaining at Cape Evans—R. W. Richards, … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, June 1915: “We are living the primitive life.. . .”

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party: Life at Hut Point

–from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”– “It is difficult for one to realize what it is like to be housed in a hut that was built for 45 people, the interior two-thirds full of ice and snow (one corner of which was blocked off with provision cases), minus table, chairs and bunks, old … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party: Life at Hut Point

Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, April 1915: Prisoners in the Discovery Hut

[Having returned from the Barrier, the field parties were now stranded at Hut Point until the sea ice should form, and allow a retreat to the larger, better equipped hut at Cape Evans] –from Ernest Joyce’s account “The South Polar Trail”– “The position in the Discovery Hut is, there are only three sleeping bags. Watch … More Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, April 1915: Prisoners in the Discovery Hut

October 29, 1912: The Search Journey departs from Hut Point

–from Apsley Cherry-Garrard’s account The Worst Journey in the World– “October 29.  Hut Point.  The mule party, under Wright, consisting of Gran, Nelson, Crean, Hooper, Willamson, Keohane, and Lashly, left Cape Evans at 10:30 and arrived here at 5 p.m. after a good march in perfect weather.  They leave Debenham and Archer at the hut, … More October 29, 1912: The Search Journey departs from Hut Point

September 28, 1912: The mules at Cape Evans

–from Frank Debenham’s account “The Quiet Land”– “28.9.12  In the last fortnight three parties have been away, but more for exercise than otherwise.  Two dog teams went to Hut Pt and stayed for four days, blizzed up.  They found it fairly cold and uncomfortable. “Abdullah is a big mule, light grey in colour and gladsome … More September 28, 1912: The mules at Cape Evans