Henry Adams wishes everybody a Happy New Year, and hopes we all have well deserved hangovers!
After a lie in, and a shorter (6 hour) day, 11.8 nm were covered. They remain on target to make the RV on 9 Jan. He describes how they are now really feeling the efffects of the thin air, and he reflects on the fact that they now only have 1000 ft left to climb to reach the highest altitude they will attain.
Today's report has been kindly sponsored by Guy, Amelia & Gabriel Ashton.
1. Sitrep No 49 as at 100 hrs GMT 01 Jan 09
2. Distance Covered Today : 11.8 nm
3. Total Distance Covered : 590.3 nm
4. Hours travelled: 6
5. Daily Average to Date: 12.05 nm
6. Days to RV on Jan 9 at 97 Mile Point: 8
7. Distance to RV: 103.49 nm
8. Distance to Pole: 200.49 nm
9. Required Daily Average to achieve RV: 12.94 nm
10. Altitude: 9244 Ft ASL
Head too bad to write much. We did 11 miles 900 yards (statute) today, and the latitude at 6 P.M. was 87° 6 1/2 South, so we have beaten North and South records. Struggling uphill all day in very soft snow. Every one done up and weak from want of food. When we camped at 6 P.M. fine warm weather, thank God. Only 172 1/2 miles from the Pole. The height above sea level, now 10,755 ft., makes all work difficult. Surface seems to be better ahead. I do trust it will be so tomorrow.
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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