Day 12

Daily Distance:
Total Distance:
79° 22' / 167°27' E

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Day 12 November 25, 2008

Another good day - 13.1 nm achieved. Henry Worsley in his daily voice report describes the scale of the Ross Ice Shelf.

Shackleton's diary entry for the same day 100 years ago describes "an impression of limitless solitude about it all that makes us feel so small ..."


1. Sitrep No 12 as at 0730 hrs GMT 25 Nov 08
2. Distance Covered Today : 13.1 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 1128.9 nm
4. Daily Average to Date: 10.74
5. Hours travelled: 7
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 46
7. Distance to RV: 564.89
8. Distance to Pole: 661.89 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.28 nm

November 25th, 1908

Started at 8 A.M. this morning in fairly good weather. The wind has gone during the night, leaving our tents drifted up with fine snow. The land was obscured nearly all day, but toward the evening it cleared and we could see the details of the coast. There appears to be a series of inlets and capes opening at all angles, and with no fixed coastline, though the lofty range of mountains continues to the south with a very slight trend to the eastward.

The surface of the Barrier was very trying today, for the snow had no consistency and slipped away as one trod on it. It was not so trying for the ponies, and they did 17 miles 1600 yards. We had frozen raw pony meat to eat on the march, and a good hoosh of pony meat and pemmican for dinner. Wild is practically all right, and Adams finds a wisdom tooth growing in place of the one he lost. Our eyes are not too comfortable just now. It is a wonderful place we are in, all new to the world, and yet I feel that I cannot describe it. There is an impression of limitless solitude about it all that makes us feel so small as we trudge along, a few dark specks on the snowy plain, and watch the new land appear.

Day 12 Report

Henry Worsley describes the scale of the Ross Ice Shelf.

  1. Day 12 Report
  2. Day 12 Sitrep

Day 12: Overview

Distance covered:
13.1 nm
15 mph
Wind from SW

The Heart of the Antarctic

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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