Saturday, January 22, 2011

22 January, 1912

Temp -21.

I think about the most tiring march we have had; solid pulling the whole way, in spite of the light sledge and some little helping wind at first. Then in the last part of the afternoon the sun came out, and almost immediately we had the whole surface covered in soft snow.

We got away sharp at 8 and marched a solid 9 hours, and thus we  have covered 14.5 miles, but, by Jove! it has been a grind.  We are just about on the 89th parallel.

We are within 2 1/2 miles of the 64th camp cairn, 30 miles form our depot, and with 5 days' food in hand. Ski boots are beginning to show signs of wear; I trust we shall have no giving out of ski or boots, since there are yet so many miles to go.

This is no fun.

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