November 3, 2011

Friday, 3 November 1911


"Driven in a 'pea souper' the whole day," wrote Amundsen in his diary. "Brilliant going, could not be better. Great change from one day to the other. Yesterday the skiing was sticky as fish glue." Because of the fog, he decided to camp and wait, rather than risk missing the depot. "We halted after having done 16 nautical miles. In so doing, we have covered the distance to 82°. We saw no sign of the depot, but that is only to be expected, since the weather [is] absolutely thick, with no visibility." [2]


[1] Roald Amundsen, diary, 4 November, 1911, quoted by Roland Huntford in Race for the South Pole : the expedition diaries of Scott and Amundsen (London : Continuum, c2010), p.102.

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