1. Sitrep No 2 as at 0745 hrs GMT 15 Nov 08
2. Distance Covered Today : 11 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 18.7 nm
4. Daily Average to Date: 9.35 nm
5. Hours travelled: 7
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 56
7. Distance to RV: 675.09 nm
8. Distance to Pole: 772.09 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.06 nm
Another gloriously fine day. We started away for Hut Point at 10:30 A.M.
It is a wonderful change to get up in the morning and put on ski boots without any difficulty, and to handle cooking vessels without "burning" one's fingers on the frozen metal. I was glad to see all the ponies so well, for there had been both wind and drift during the night. Quan seems to take a delight in biting his tether when anyone is looking, for I put my head out of the tent occasionally during the night to see if they were all right, and directly I did so Quan started to bite his rope. At other times they were all quiet...
We have decided to sleep in the hut, but the supporting party are sleeping in the tent at the very spot where the Discovery wintered six years ago. Tomorrow I am going back to the Tongue for the rest of the fodder. The supporting party elected to sleep out because it is warmer, but we of the southern party will not have a solid roof over our heads for some months to come, so will make the most of it. We swept the debris out. Wild killed a seal for fresh meat and washed the liver at the seal hole, so tomorrow we will have a good feed. Adams' leg is better, but stiff. Our march was nine and a half miles today...
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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