Some of the coldest conditions yet experienced with windchill of -30Â° C until low cloud descended mid afternoon and the temperature rose to -10Â°. Another good day, with 13.4 nm covered. They have now covered about 178 statute miles, the equivalent of London to Exeter!
During the day the team drew parallel with the point where Capt Scott, Wilson and Bowers perished on or about 29th March 1912 on their way back from the South Pole. Our team are about 17 miles west of that point. To read a cutting from the New York Times about the death of Capt Scott click here.
1. Sitrep No 14 as at 0715 hrs GMT 27 Nov 08
2. Distance Covered Today : 13.4 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 154.9 nm
4. Daily Average to Date: 11.06 nm
5. Hours travelled: 7
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 44
7. Distance to RV: 538.89 nm
8. Distance to Pole: 635.89 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.25 nm
The team have talked of the endless horizon, and have sent a photo to try and gives us a sense of what it looks like.
Below is a picture of their campsite on the evening of Day 13.
The team seem in pretty good heart, and sent us this photo to show how their beard growth is coming on!
Started at 8 A.M., the ponies pulling well over a bad surface of very soft snow. The weather is fine and clear save for a strong mirage, which throws all the land up much higher than it really is. All day we have seen new mountains arise, and it is causing us some anxiety to note that they trend more and more to the eastward, for that means an alteration of our course from nearly due south. Still they are a long way off, and when we get up to them we may find some strait that will enable us to go right through them and on south. One speculates greatly as we march along, but patience is what is needed.
I think that the ponies are feeling the day in, day out drudgery of pulling on this plain. Poor beasts, they cannot understand, of course, what it is all for, and the wonder of the great mountains is nought to them, though one notices them at times looking at the distant land. At lunch time I took a photograph of our camp, with Mount Longstaff in the background. We had our sledge flags up to celebrate the breaking of the southern record. The long snow cape marked on the chart as being attached to Mount Longstaff is not really so. It is attached to a lower bluff mountain to the north of Mount Longstaff. The most northerly peak of Mount Longstaff goes sheer down into the Barrier, and all along this range of mountains are very steep glaciers, greatly crevassed. As we pass along the mountains the capes disappear, but there are several well marked ones of which we have taken angles. Still more mountains appeared above the horizon during the afternoon, and when we camped tonight some were quite clearly defined, many, many miles away.
The temperature has been up to plus 22°F today, and we took the opportunity of drying our sleeping bags, which we turned inside out and laid on the sledges. Tonight the temperature is plus 13°F. We find that raw frozen pony meat cools one on the march, and during the ten minutes' spell after an hour's march we all cut up meat for lunch or dinner; in the hot sun it thaws well. This fresh meat ought to keep away scurvy from us. Quan seems much better today, but Grisi does not appear fit at all. He seems to be snow blind. Our distance today was 16 miles 1200 yards.
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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