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Scott's Last Expedition

Monday, February 15th 1911

14 Camp. 7 miles 775 yards. The surface was wretched to-day, the two drawbacks of yesterday (the thin crusts which let the ponies through and the sandy heaps which hang on the runners) if anything exaggerated.

Bowers’ pony refused work at intervals for the first time. His hind legs sink very deep. Weary Willy is decidedly better. The Soldier takes a gloomy view of everything, but I’ve come to see that this is a characteristic of him. In spite of it he pays every attention to the weaker horses.

We had frequent halts on the march, but managed 4 miles before lunch and 3 1/2 after.

The temperature was -15º at the lunch camp. It was cold sitting in the tent waiting for the ponies to rest. The thermometer is now -7º, but there is a bright sun and no wind, which makes the air feel quite comfortable: one’s socks and finnesko dry well. Our provision allowance is working out very well. In fact all is well with us except the condition of the ponies. The more I see of the matter the more certain I am that we must save all the ponies to get better value out of them next year. It would have been ridiculous to have worked some out this year as the Soldier wished. Even now I feel we went too far with the first three.

One thing is certain. A good snow-shoe would be worth its weight in gold on this surface, and if we can get something really practical we ought to greatly increase our distances next year.

Mems. – Storage of biscuit next year, lashing cases on sledges.
Look into sledgemeter.
Picket lines for ponies.
Food tanks to be size required.
Two sledges altered to take steel runners.
Stowage of pony food. Enough sacks for ready bags.

Ice showing in morainic cones on Green Lake. Cape Royds. Feb. 15th 1911.
“Ice showing in morainic cones on Green Lake. Cape Royds. Feb. 15th 1911.”

Cloud effect at Cape Royds and berg. Feb. 15th 1911.
“Cloud effect at Cape Royds and berg. Feb. 15th 1911.”

Cape Royds. Looking north. Feb. 15th 1911.
“Cape Royds. Looking north. Feb. 15th 1911.”

Cape Royds. Looking south. Feb. 15th 1911.
“Cape Royds. Looking south. Feb. 15th 1911.”

Day and Nelson on Clear Lake. Cape Royds. Jan. 15th 1911.
“Day and Nelson on Clear Lake. Cape Royds. Jan. 15th 1911.”

Day and Nelson on Clear Lake. Cape Royds. Jan. 15th 1911.
“Day and Nelson on Clear Lake. Cape Royds. Jan. 15th 1911.”

Day and Nelson on Clear Lake. Cape Royds. Jan. 15th 1911.
“Day and Nelson on Clear Lake. Cape Royds. Jan. 15th 1911.”

Dogs and skier
“Dogs and skier”

Dogs on leads
“Dogs on leads”

Dogs and skiers
“Dogs and skiers”

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