May 18, 1913: Shackleton’s meeting with Tryggve Gran

–Gran’s words, quoted from Roland Huntford’s biography “Shackleton”– (Shackleton had come to call at Gran’s hotel) ‘Shackleton was the same as before, youthful and embarrassingly boyish. “Have you lost the taste for Antarctic exploration,” he said suddenly, lighting a half-smoked cigar. “Why?” I asked, somewhat surprised. “I heard that you had plans for flying,” Shackleton … More May 18, 1913: Shackleton’s meeting with Tryggve Gran

January 18, 1913: “Terra Nova in sight! Hurrah! Hurrah!”

–from Tryggve Gran’s Antarctic diary published as The Norwegian with Scott— “8 January. Terra Nova in sight! Hurrah! Hurrah! Great jubilation! Hurrah! “(Evening) We are saved. It was a piece of luck, for we had this morning begun to prepare for another winter here [at Cape Evans]. Teddy Evans is on board. All’s well at … More January 18, 1913: “Terra Nova in sight! Hurrah! Hurrah!”

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

December 31, 1912: New Year’s Eve at Cape Evans

–from Tryggve Gran’s diary published as “The Norwegian with Scott“– “31 December. The last day of this trange year has come. I hope 1913 will bring me some of the luck lacking in 1912. Tonight two years have passed since the polar land mass came into sight for the first time. It was just such … More December 31, 1912: New Year’s Eve at Cape Evans

December 28, 1912: Waiting for the ship at Cape Evans

–from Tryggve Gran’s diary published as “The Norwegian with Scott“– “The Terra Nova must have been underway a fortnight now [The ship had left Lyttleton, NZ on 14 December under the command of Commander E. R. G. R. Evans, fully recovered from scurvy and specially promoted for Antarctic service], and if she does not run … More December 28, 1912: Waiting for the ship at Cape Evans

December 8, 1912: On the slopes of Mt. Erebus

–from Tryggve Gran’s account The Norwegian with Scott— [Gran was a member of the team making the second-ever ascent of the smoking volcano Erebus] “8 December.  We have reached 8,000 ft. and the old crater lies behind us.  The glacier lying along the base is heavily seracced and full of precipices and crevasses.  We have … More December 8, 1912: On the slopes of Mt. Erebus

November 17, 1912: Some notes from the doomed polar party

–from Tryggve Gran’s account The Norwegian with Scott— “17 November.  Back to ‘One Ton Camp’.  The bad weather disappeared yesterday and we had a pleasant march.  The going was soft and we used our skis, which went well–just like home for once.  I am using Scott’s skis; they at any rate will complete the 3,000-km … More November 17, 1912: Some notes from the doomed polar party

October 6, 1912: A heat wave at Cape Evans, and plans for the search

–from Tryggve Gran’s account, published as The Norwegian with Scott— “The heat wave we have experienced in the past few days is almost disquieting for these regions.  It has been summery even with the snow-falls–just a few degrees of frost, wet and sloshy everywhere–and the drip, drip of the snow melting from the roof had … More October 6, 1912: A heat wave at Cape Evans, and plans for the search

September 29, 1912: “Two years in this icy desert. . . . .”

–from Tryggve Gran’s diary published as “the Norwegian with Scott”– “29 September.   A month today and our imprisonment in the hut at Cape Evans will be ended.  It will be marvellous to be on our way south with the knowledge that everyhour that passes will reduce our last hundred days in Antarctica.  Two years is … More September 29, 1912: “Two years in this icy desert. . . . .”