Day 44

Daily Distance:
Total Distance:
159° 45' / 85° 24'

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Day 45, 28 December Distance travelled: 534.6 nmi Temperature: -15 °C Conditions: Light snow flurries, very low cloud, poor visibility Read Journal Entry
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Day 44 December 27, 2008

7 hours of slow and steady climbing has been tough, but the guys have managed 13.7 nm. Wanting to bypass the crevasse fields near the Shackleton Ice Falls meant a slight detour to the South West, before plotting a new course to the South, and the start of the polar plateau.

100 years ago Shackleton's team were relaying sledges, exhausted, and running low on food. At the same position on the 22nd December, 1908, Shackleton noted: "Please God, ahead of us there is a clear route to the Pole"


1. Sitrep No 44 as at 0755 hrs GMT 27 Dec 08
2. Distance Covered Today : 13.7 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 518.9 nm
4. Hours travelled: 7
5. Daily Average to Date: 11.79 nm
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 13
7. Distance to RV: 174.89 nm
8. Distance to Pole: 271.89 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 13.45 nm 

December 27th, 1908

If a great snow plain, rising every seven miles in a steep ridge, can be called a plateau, then we are on it at last, with an altitude above the sea of 9820 ft. We started at 7 A.M. and marched till noon, encountering at 11 A.M. a steep snow ridge which pretty well cooked us, but we got the sledge up by noon and camped. We are pulling 150 lb. per man. In the afternoon we had good going till 5 P.M. and then another ridge as difficult as the previous one, so that our backs and legs were in a bad way when we reached the top at 6 P.M., having done 14 miles 930 yards for the day.

Thank heaven it has been a fine day, with little wind. The temperature is minus 9°F. This surface is most peculiar, showing layers of snow with little sastrugi all pointing south southeast. Short food make us think of plum puddings, and hard half-cooked maize gives us indigestion, but we are getting south. The latitude is 86° 19' South tonight. Our thoughts are with the people at home a great deal.

Day 44 Report

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Day 44: Overview

Distance covered:
13.7 nm
10 mph
Very sunny and clear

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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