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Scott's Last Expedition

Monday, February 20th 1911

29 miles. Lunch. Excellent run on hard wind-swept surface – covered nearly seventeen miles. Very cold at starting and during march. Suddenly wind changed and temperature rose so that at the moment of stopping for final halt it appeared quite warm, almost sultry. On stopping found we had covered 29 miles, some 35 statute miles. The dogs are weary but by no means played out – during the last part of the journey they trotted steadily with a wonderfully tireless rhythm. I have been off the sledge a good deal and trotting for a good many miles, so should sleep well. E. Evans has left a bale of forage at Camp 8 and has not taken on the one which he might have taken from the depôt – facts which show that his ponies must have been going strong. I hope to find them safe and sound the day after to-morrow.

We had the most wonderfully beautiful sky effects on the march with the sun circling low on the southern horizon. Bright pink clouds hovered overhead on a deep grey-blue background. Gleams of bright sunlit mountains appeared through the stratus.

Here it is most difficult to predict what is going to happen. Sometimes the southern sky looks dark and ominous, but within half an hour all has changed – the land comes and goes as the veil of stratus lifts and falls. It seems as though weather is made here rather than dependent on conditions elsewhere. It is all very interesting.

2 Responses to “Monday, February 20th 1911”

  1. Caryg says:


    Would it be possible to provide a link to a map showing daily progress. During the pole march later this would be very informative in showing the difficulties Scott encountered on his return.


  2. john says:

    Scott has been a hero of mine from since I learned about him.
    So, thanks for uploading his log, it`s awesome.
    Scott, his men & his animals gave us a remarkable story.