January 28, 2012

Sunday, 28 January 1912


"Little wind and heavy going in forenoon," Scott wrote. "We just ran out 8 miles in 5 hours and added another 8 in 3 hours 40 mins. in the afternoon with a good wind and better surface. It is very difficult to say if we are going up or down hill; the barometer is quite different from outward readings. We are 43 miles from the depot, with six days' food in hand." [1]

Lashly and Crean had rigged up a sail to help pull the sledge along. "The snow is still very soft and the sun very hot, it fairly scorches anyone's face," wrote Lashly. "We are almost black now and our hair is long and getting white through being exposed to the light, it gets bleached. I am glad to say it is cooler to-night, generally. We got over 12 1/2 miles again to-day. Mr. Evans is still very loose in his bowels. This, of course, hinders us, as we have had to stop several times. Only another few more Sundays and we hope to be safely housed at Hut Point, or Cape Evans. We have now been out 97 days." [2]


[1] R.F. Scott, diary, 28 January, 1912, quoted in Scott's Last Expedition, v.1.
[2] William Lashly, diary, 28 January, 1912, quoted by Apsley Cherry-Garrard in The Worst Journey in the World, ch.XII.

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