Day 2

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Day 2 November 15, 2008

Having overnighted under the shadow of Mt Erebus, by the Scott Terra Nova Hut at Cape Evans, the team set off from Inaccessible Island to Hut Point. Hut Point is where Scott's 1902 Discovery Expedition hut is located.

To get a better idea of their route in detail, the map below (click it to enlarge) shows the detail of Ross Island.

rossmap.jpgIn Will Gow's audio report he refers to the Scott huts at both Cape Evans and Hut Point. The Cape Evans hut was built in 1912 for the Terra Nova expedition, during which Scott reached the South Pole but perished on the way back. The pictures below show the hut with Mt Erebus in the background.

The-Terra-Nova-Hut-s-South-Wall-2.jpgThe team are spending their second night beside the Discovery Hut at Hut Point, built for Scott's 1902 expedition, on which Shackleton was a member. The photo below shows the hut with the US Antarctic Station at McMurdo in the background.


For more information on the huts visit the Antarctic Heritage website.


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

October 30th, 1908

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...

Day 2 Sitrep

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Day 2: Overview

Distance covered:
11 nm
0 mph
Very warm and uncomfortable for sledging

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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