Amundsen, Prestrud, Johansen, and Helmer Hanssen started out on the first of their depot-laying journeys, taking three sledges, eighteen dogs, and a half-ton of supplies. They hoped to reach 80°. Bjaaland, Hassel, Wisting, and Stubberud accompanied them as far as the Barrier to help get the sledges up the slope. "It was a hard push," Amundsen noted. 
 Roald Amundsen, diary, [10 February 1911?], quoted by Roland Huntford in Scott and Amundsen (New York : Putnam, 1980, c1979), p.347.