A record distance covered today - 14.4 nm. Excellent calm conditions. This means the boys have now covered a total of 89.9 nm (103.4 statute miles).
In Shackleton's diary from 100 years ago today, read about Jameson Boyd Adams's problem with a tooth, and the attempts to pull it out. Hopefully Henry Adams is not in a similiar situation!
1. Sitrep No 9 as at 0730 hrs GMT 22 Nov 08 (added to the bulletin to please a detailed orientated German!)
2. Distance Covered Today : 14.4 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 89.9 nm
4. Daily Average to Date: 9.99 nm
5. Hours travelled: 7
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 49
7. Distance to RV: 603.89 nm
8. Distance to Pole: 700.89 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.32 nm
A beautiful morning. We left our depot with its black flag flying on the bamboo lashed to a discarded sledge, stuck upright in the snow, at 8:20 A.M. We have now three ponies dragging 500 1b. each, and they did splendidly through the soft snow. The going, I am thankful to say, is getting better, and here and there patches of harder surface are to be met with.
The outstanding feature of today's march is that we have seen new land to the south--land never seen by human eyes before. The land consists of great snow-clad heights rising beyond Mount Longstaff, and also far inland to the north of Mounts Markham. These heights we did not see on our journey south on the last expedition, for we were too close to the land or, rather, foothills, but now at the great distance we are out they can be seen plainly. It has been a beautifully clear day, and all the well-known mountains are clearly visible. The coast trends about south by east, so that we are safe for a good long way south.
We camped at noon and got a good meridian altitude and azimuth. We found our latitude to be 81° 8' South. In the afternoon we steered a little to the east of south, and camped at 6 P.M. with 15 miles 250 yards (statute) to the credit of the day. This is good, for the ponies have a heavy load, but they are well fed. We were rather long at lunch camp, for we tried to pull out Adams' tooth, which has given him great pain, so much that he has not slept at night at all. But the tooth broke, and he has a bad time now. We were not equipped on this trip for tooth-pulling. Wild is better today, but fatty food is not to his taste just now, so he had a good feed of horse flesh. We all liked it, for it filled us well, in spite of being somewhat tough. The flavor was good and it means a great saving of our other food. The temperature has risen to plus 7°F, and the surface of the Barrier is good for sledge-hauling.
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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