Onto the Ross Ice Shelf
After visiting the Discovery Hut at Hut Point, the team set off southwards and onto the Ross Ice Shelf. The team were sent on their way by a number of "McMurdoites" - from the nearby US Antarctic Base at McMurdo. Bob Greschke sent us some photos of the team departing.
Once underway, the going was much more difficult than the previous two days, with deeper snow and a headwind.
The Ross Ice Shelf, which the team will be travelling across for some 300+ miles, is the largest ice shelf of Antarctica and is about the size of France!
In Henry's report he refers to passing the New Zealand Scott Base, which along with the US McMurdo Base, is one of the two bases on Ross Island. The Scott Base has a couple of webcams and you can see the current conditions that the team are in by viewing the webcam here. In the webcam you can see the Transantarctic mountains in the distance, which the team will be paralleling until they reach the Beardmore Glacier.
1. Sitrep No 3 as at 0820 hrs GMT 16 Nov 08
2. Distance Covered Today : 07.20 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 25.9 nm
4. Daily Average to Date: 8.63 nm
5. Hours travelled: 7
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 55
7. Distance to RV: 667.89 nm
8. Distance to Pole: 764.89 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.14 nm
This day started with a dull snowy appearance, which soon developed into a snowstorm, but a mild one with little drift...
During the morning we readjusted our provision weights and unpacked the bags. In the afternoon it cleared, and at 3:30 P.M. we got under way, Quan pulling our sleeping equipment. We covered the eight miles and a half to Glacier Tongue in three hours, and as I found no message from the hut, nor the gear I had asked to be sent down, I concluded it was blowing there also, and so decided to walk on after dinner. I covered the twelve miles in three hours, arriving at Cape Royds at 11:30, and had covered the twenty-three miles between Hut Point and Cape Royds in six hours, marching time.
They were surprised to see me, and were glad to hear that Adams and Socks were better. I turned in at 2 A.M. for a few hours' sleep...
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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