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Scott's Last Expedition

Friday, February 17th 1911

Camp 15. Lat. 79º 28 1/2′ S. It clouded over yesterday – the temperature rose and some snow fell. Wind from the south, cold and biting, as we turned out. We started to build the depot. I had intended to go on half a march and return to same camp, leaving Weary Willy to rest, but under the circumstances did not like to take risk.
Stores left in depôt:

Lat. 79º 29′. Depot.
lbs.
245 – 7 weeks’ full provision bags for 1 unit
12 – 2 days’ provision bags for 1 unit
8 – 8 weeks’ tea
31 – 6 weeks’ extra butter
176 – 176 lbs. biscuit (7 weeks full biscuit)
85 – 8 1/2 gallons oil (12 weeks oil for 1 unit)
850 – 5 sacks of oats
424 – 4 bales of fodder
250 – Tank of dog biscuit
100 – 2 cases of biscuit
– –
2181

1 skein white line
1 set breast harness
2 12 ft. sledges
2 pair ski, 1 pair ski sticks
1 Minimum Thermometer
1 tin Rowntree cocoa
1 tin matches

With packing we have landed considerably over a ton of stuff. It is a pity we couldn’t get to 80º, but as it is we shall have a good leg up for next year and can at least feed the ponies full up to this point.

Our Camp 15 is very well marked, I think. Besides the flagstaff and black flag we have piled biscuit boxes, filled and empty, to act as reflectors – secured tea tins to the sledges, which are planted upright in the snow. The depot cairn is more than 6 ft. above the surface, very solid and large; then there are the pony protection walls; altogether it should show up for many miles.

I forgot to mention that looking back on the 15th we saw a cairn built on a camp 12 1/2 miles behind – it was miraged up.

It seems as though some of our party will find spring journeys pretty trying. Oates’ nose is always on the point of being frostbitten; Meares has a refractory toe which gives him much trouble – this is the worst prospect for summit work. I have been wondering how I shall stick the summit again, this cold spell gives ideas. I think I shall be all right, but one must be prepared for a pretty good doing.

E.H. Shackleton’s hut. Feb. 17th 1911.
“E.H. Shackleton’s hut. Feb. 17th 1911.”

E.H. Shackleton’s hut. Feb. 17th 1911.
“E.H. Shackleton’s hut. Feb. 17th 1911.”

Nelson, Day and Lashly in E.H. Shackleton’s hut. Feb. 17th 1911.
“Nelson, Day and Lashly in E.H. Shackleton’s hut. Feb. 17th 1911.”

Nelson, Day and Lashly in E.H. Shackleton’s hut. Feb. 17th 1911.
“Nelson, Day and Lashly in E.H. Shackleton’s hut. Feb. 17th 1911.”

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