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Museum catalogue: Antarctic Collection


Ski pole

Accession no.: Z: 404a-b
Object name: Ski pole
Title: Ski pole
Description: A pair of bamboo ski poles, marked 'HRB'. Probably used by Henry Robertson Bowers on the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova).
Classified name:
SPRI theme personal equipment
Current place name Antarctic regions > Ross Dependency
UDC 685.363.7
Geographic UDC (*76)
Getty AAT ski poles
Number of items: 2
Full description:

A pair of ski poles. Each consists of a bamboo shaft, with an iron spike fitted into the base of the shaft (missing from (b)). The base of the shaft is wrapped round with string and metal wire. (a) has a narrow brown leather wrist strap, fastened to the pole through a hole drilled in the shaft, and the top of the shaft is carved with the initials 'HRB' (Henry Robertson Bowers); the top of the shaft is broken on (b) and the wrist strap is missing. The basket consists of a circular bamboo frame (broken on both poles), with two V-shaped leather cross straps which are wrapped around the frame and fixed with metal rivets, and secured where they overlap each other with string. The basket is fitted to the shaft with string.

  • Length: 1295mm, diameter: 160mm
Associated person(s):
  • Used by: Bowers, Henry Robertson (1910 - 1912)
Associated expedition(s):
  • Used on: British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13 (Terra Nova) (1910 - 1913)