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.
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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