Day 25

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Day 25 December 8, 2008

15.3 nm achieved today. Henry Adams responds to the question "what do you wish you'd brought with you that you didn't bring?" His response: suncream and aftersun and lots of it - the sun was so bright today that the team were sweating buckets. The team could actually have slept outside today but it turns out that the tent is actually slightly cooler than outside! Tomorrow it looks like they will have more of the same.

The team are drinking approximately 3 litres of water a day - 2 litres on the go, and a half litre before setting off and a half litre at the end of the day. They do this by melting snow which takes the most time out of their day aside from the actual travelling.

They think that they will be on the Ross Ice Shelf for another 6 days, once that part of the expedition is complete, they will have reached the halfway point of the expedition in terms of mileage so they are very excited about that, and also looking forward to seeing the view from Mount Hope - a 3,500 ft mountain named Hope for the promise that it provided to Shackleton and his team 100 years ago.


1. Sitrep No 25 as at 0812 hrs GMT 08 Dec 08
2. Distance Covered Today : 15.3 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 288.2 nm
4. Hours travelled: 7
5. Daily Average to Date: 11.53 nm
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 33
7. Distance to RV: 405.59 nm
8. Distance to Pole: 502.59 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.29 nm

December 8th, 1908

Started at 8 A.M. and immediately began dodging crevasses and pits of unknown depth. Wild and I were leading, for, thank heaven, my eyes are fit and well again. We slowly toiled up a long crevassed slope, and by lunch time were about 1900 ft. up the glacier. We had covered 6 miles 150 yards of an uphill drag, with about 250 lb. per man to haul. After lunch we still traveled up, but came on to blue glacier ice almost free from crevasses, so did much better, the sledges running easily.

We camped at 6 P.M., the day's journey having been 12 miles 150 yards. The slope we went up in the morning, was not as bad as we had anticipated, but quite bad enough for us to be thankful that we are out, at any rate for a time, from the region of hidden crevasses. The hypsometer tonight gave our height as 2300 ft. above sea level. It is beautifully fine still. We have been wonderfully fortunate in this, especially in view of the situation we are in.

Day 25 Report

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Day 25: Overview

Distance covered:
15.3 nm
0 mph
no wind, no cloud, total sunshine

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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