February 4, 2012

Sunday, 4 February 1912


Beginning to descend to the glacier, Scott and Evans fell up to their waists in a crevasse, then Evans a second time. In the evening, Scott wrote that the condition of the party was not improving, "especially Evans, who is becoming rather dull and incapable." [1]

Bowers stopped keeping his diary.

Lashly, Crean, and Lt. Evans reached the depot at Mount Hooper in the evening. Lt. Evans was by now seriously ill. "We have taken out our food and left nearly all the pemmican as we dont require it on account of none of us caring for it," Lashly wrote, "therefore we are leaving it behind for the others. They may require it. We have left our note and wished them every success on their way, but we have decided it is best not to say anything about Mr. Evans being ill or suffering from scurvy. This old cairn have stood the weather and is still a huge thing." [2]


[1] R.F. Scott, diary, 4 February, 1912, quoted in Scott's Last Expedition, v.1.
[2] William Lashly, diary, 4 February, 1912, quoted by Apsley Cherry-Garrard in The Worst Journey in the World, ch.XII.

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