Another perfect day's weather for sledging and a very good 13.9 nm achieved. Listen to Henry Adams talk about the team's sleeping arrangements and also about what they can hear (if anything!).
100 years ago, Marshall had finally succeeded in pulling out Adams's tooth!
1. Sitrep No 10 as at 0730 hrs GMT 23 Nov 08
2. Distance Covered Today : 13.9 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 103.8 nm
4. Daily Average to Date: 10.38 nm
5. Hours travelled: 7
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 48
7. Distance to RV: 589.99 nm
8. Distance to Pole: 686.99 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.29 nm
Our record march today, the distance being 17 miles 1650 yards statute. It has been a splendid day for marching, with a cool breeze from the south and the sun slightly hidden. The horses did very well indeed, and the surface has improved, there being fairly hard sastrugi from the south.
We are gradually rising the splendid peaks of Longstaff and Markham. The former, from our present bearing, has several sharp peaks, and the land fades away in the far distance to the south, with numbers of peaks showing, quite new to human eyes. All the old familiar mountains, toward which I toiled so painfully last time I was here, are visible, and what a difference it is now! Tonight there is a fresh wind from what appears at this distance to be a strait between Longstaff and Markham, and a low drift is flying along.
Wild is better tonight, but he was tired after the long march. We made him a cup of our emergency Oxo for lunch, and that bucked him up for the afternoon. He has not eaten much lately, but says that he feels decidedly better tonight. Marshall has just succeeded in pulling out Adams' tooth so now the latter will be able to enjoy horse meat. This evening we had it fried, and so saved all our other food except biscuits and cocoa. It is my week as cook now, and Wild is my tent companion
This is the story of the “Farthest South” expedition, told by its leader. After enduring biting winds, short rations and crevasse-ridden glaciers for over a year, Shackleton’s party faced a desperate forced march to return to their ship, The Nimrod, or face being marooned on the ice.
Taken from Sir Ernest Shackleton’s own compelling chronicle of his first Antarctic expedition, written on his return in 1909.
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