Scott ordered Bowers and P.O. Evans to prepare for the depot-laying journey to start on the 25th. "I have been trying to work out sledge details, but my head doesn't seem half as clear on the subject as it ought to be," Scott wrote in his diary. "I have fixed the 25th as the date for our departure." 
 R.F. Scott, diary, 19 January, 1911, quoted in Scott's Last Expedition, v.1.