Today has been the first tent bound day, due to very strong winds, gusting up to 50mph which made marching out of the question. The forecast is for another 24 hours of similiar weather, so it is likely that the team will have to sit it out.
1. Sitrep No 15 as at 0335 hrs GMT 28 Nov 08
2. Distance Covered Today : 0 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 154.9 nm
4. Daily Average to Date: 10.33 nm
5. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 43
6. Distance to RV: 538.89 nm
7. Distance to Pole: 635.89 nm
8. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.53 nm
In the photo below, L to R, Henry Adams, Henry Worsley and Will Gow.
Started at 7:50 A.M. in beautiful weather, but with a truly awful surface, the ponies sinking in very deeply. The sledges ran easily, as the temperature was high, plus 17° to plus 20°F, the hot sun making the snow surface almost melt. We halted at noon for a latitude observation, and found our latitude to be 82° 38' South. The land now appears more to the east, bearing southeast by south, and some very high mountains a long way off with lower foothills, can be seen in front, quite different to the land abeam of us, which consists of huge sharp pointed mountains with crevassed glaciers moving down gullies in their sides. Marshall is making a careful survey of all the principal heights.
All day we have been traveling up and down long undulations, the width from crest to crest being about one and a half miles, and the rise about 1 in 100. We can easily see the line by our tracks sometimes being cut off sharp when we are on the down gradient and appearing again a long way astern as we rise. The first indication of the undulation was the fact of the mound we had made in the morning disappearing before we had traveled a quarter of a mile. During the afternoon the weather was very hot. A cool breeze had helped us in the forenoon, but it died away later.
Marshall has a touch of snow blindness, and both Grisi and Socks were also affected during the day. When we camped tonight Grisi was shot. He had fallen off during the last few days, and the snow blindness was bad for him, putting him off his feed. He was the one chosen to go at the depot we made this evening. This is Depot C, and we are leaving one week's provisions and oil, with horse meat, to carry us back to Depot B. We will go on tomorrow with 1200 lb. weight (nine weeks' provisions), and we four will pull with the ponies, two on each sledge. It is late now, 11 P.M., and we have just turned in. We get up at 5:30 every morning. Our march for the day was 15 miles 1500 yards statute.
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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