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Scott's Last Expedition

Thursday, February 9th 1911

No. 8 Camp. Made good 11 miles. Good night march; surface excellent, but we are carrying very light loads with the exception of one or two ponies. Forde’s poor ‘Misery’ is improving slightly. It is very keen on its feed. Its fate is much in doubt. Keohane’s ‘Jimmy Pigg’ is less lame than yesterday. In fact there is a general buck up all round.
It was a coldish march with light head wind and temperature 5º or 6º below zero, but it was warm in the sun all yesterday and promises to be warm again to-day. If such weather would hold there would be nothing to fear for the ponies. We have come to the conclusion that the principal cause of their discomfort is the comparative thinness of their coats.

We get the well-remembered glorious views of the Western Mountains, but now very distant. No crevasses to-day. I shall be surprised if we pass outside all sign of them.
One begins to see how things ought to be worked next year if the ponies hold out. Ponies and dogs are losing their snow blindness.

Lieut. Rennick with artificial horizon. Feb. 9th 1911.
“Lieut. Rennick with artificial horizon. Feb. 9th 1911.”

Lieut. Rennick with artificial horizon. Feb. 9th 1911.
“Lieut. Rennick with artificial horizon. Feb. 9th 1911.”

Rennick and Drake making friendly advances to Adelie penguins. Feb. 9th 1911.
“Rennick and Drake making friendly advances to Adelie penguins. Feb. 9th 1911.”

Rennick and Drake making friendly advances to Adelie penguins. Feb. 9th 1911.
“Rennick and Drake making friendly advances to Adelie penguins. Feb. 9th 1911.”

Rennick and Drake making friendly advances to Adelie penguins. Feb. 9th 1911.
“Rennick and Drake making friendly advances to Adelie penguins. Feb. 9th 1911.”

Rennick and a friendly Adelie. Feb. 9th 1911.
“Rennick and a friendly Adelie. Feb. 9th 1911.”

Rennick and a friendly Adelie. Feb. 9th 1911.
“Rennick and a friendly Adelie. Feb. 9th 1911.”

The Whaler leaving for the Terra Nova. Feb. 9th 1911.
“The Whaler leaving for the Terra Nova. Feb. 9th 1911.”

The last boat for the ship. Feb. 9th 1911.
“The last boat for the ship. Feb. 9th 1911.”

Left behind in Victoria Land. Feb. 9th 1911.
“Left behind in Victoria Land. Feb. 9th 1911.”

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