February 25, 2011

Saturday, 25 February 1911


"Except for our tent the camp routine is slack," wrote Scott. "Shall have to tell people that we are out on business, not picnicking." [1] They had sighted the pony party in the distance, heading north, and so they depoted another six weeks' provisions at Corner Camp, and turned back to catch them up. The next day, an unexpected blizzard confined them to their tent.

Oates, Bowers, and Gran got in to Safety Camp, where they too heard the news of Amundsen. "More of this tomorrow," Gran wrote in his diary, "I am too astonished to write now." [2]


[1] R.F. Scott, diary, 26 February, 1911, quoted in Scott's Last Expedition, v.1.
[2] Tryggve Gran, diary, 25 February, 1911, quoted in The Norwegian With Scott : Tryggve Gran's Antarctic Diary 1910-1913 ([Greenwich] : National Maritime Museum, 1984), p.62.

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