March 4, 1914: Shackleton at the Royal Geograhical Society

Shackleton was invited to address a committee of the Royal Geographical Society on March 4th, 1914. In response to a question about possible accidents along the TransAntarctic trail, he replied: “If a man broke his leg, or anything like that, and I was on the outward track, I would turn for that man and go … More March 4, 1914: Shackleton at the Royal Geograhical Society

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

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 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