February 4, 1912: Taff Evans takes a fall

–from Scott’s diary– “Sunday, February 4.  R. 18.  8620 feet.  Temp.:  Lunch -22; Supper -23.  Pulled on foot in the morning over good hard surface and covered 9.7 miles.  Just before lunch unexpectedly fell into crevasses, Evans and I together–a second fall for Evans, and I camped.  After lunch saw new disturbance ahead, and what … More February 4, 1912: Taff Evans takes a fall

February 2, 1912: Scott’s party downslope on the Plateau

–from Edward Wilson’s sledging diary– “Fri 2 Feb.  We came down two slopes today.  Scott had a nasty fall on the point of his shoulder.  We have not however seen a crevasse as yet on the way back but ought to tomorrow.  We are still following our old tracks.  I got through the day without … More February 2, 1912: Scott’s party downslope on the Plateau

January 30, 1911: Good luck and bad news on the plateau

–from Scott’s diary– “Tuesday, January 30.–R. 13. 9860.  Lunch Temp. -25.  Supper Temp.  -24.5.  Thank the Lord, another fine march–19 miles.  We have passed the last cairn before the depot, the track is clear ahead, the weather fair, the wind helpful, the gradient down–with any luck we should pick up our depot in the middle … More January 30, 1911: Good luck and bad news on the plateau

January 27, 1912: The Polar Party on the Plateau

–From Scott’s diary– “There has been a nice helpful southerly breeze all day, a clear sky and comparatively warm temperatures.  The air is dry again, so that tents and equipment are gradually losing their icy conditions imposed by the blizzard conditions of the last week. “Our sleeping bags are slowly but surely getting wetter and … More January 27, 1912: The Polar Party on the Plateau

January 20, 1912: Scott’s Polar Party Heads for Home

–from Dr. Edward Wilson’s sledging diary– “Sat 20 Jan.  16.1 m geog. “Blowing 4-5 from the S.S.W.  and from time to time overcast but too much sun and moving sandy drifts at this temp. for good going–they refused to allow the ski to glide at all.  One had to shove them over.  The going was … More January 20, 1912: Scott’s Polar Party Heads for Home

January 17, 1912: Scott reaches the South Pole

–from his diary– Wednesday, January 17.  Camp 69.  T. -22 at the start.  Night -21.  The Pole.  yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected.  We have had a horrible day–add to our disappointment a head wind 4 to 5, with a temperature -22, and companions labouring on with cold feet and hands. “We … More January 17, 1912: Scott reaches the South Pole

January 16, 1912: Forestalled at the Pole

–from Scott’s diary– “Tuesday, January 16.  –Camp 68.  Height 9760.  T. -23.5.  The worst has happened, or nearly the worst.  We marched well in the morning and covered 7-1/2 miles.  Noon sight shows us in Lat/ 89-42′ S., and we started off in high spirits in the afternoon, feeling that to-morrow would see us at … More January 16, 1912: Forestalled at the Pole

January 7-8, 1911: Last returning party homeward bound

–From Lt. Evans’ account, “South with Scott”- -“On the 7th January, in spite of a temperature 22 below zero, a fresh southerly wind and driving sno, Lashly, Crean, and myself laid 19 miles behind us.  On the 8th we again covered this distance, although the weather was so bad that we entirely lost the track, … More January 7-8, 1911: Last returning party homeward bound