As one of the series of lectures I gave an outline of my plans for next season on Monday evening. Everyone was interested naturally. I could not but hint that in my opinion the problem of reaching the Pole can best be solved by relying on the ponies and man haulage. With this sentiment the whole company appeared to be in sympathy. Everyone seems to distrust the dogs when it comes to glacier and summit. I have asked everyone to give thought to the problem, to freely discuss it, and bring suggestions to my notice. It’s going to be a tough job; that is better realised the more one dives into it.
To-day (Tuesday) Debenham has been showing me his photographs taken west. With Wright’s and Taylor’s these will make an extremely interesting series – the ice forms especially in the region of the Koettlitz glacier are unique.
The Strait has been frozen over a week. I cannot understand why the Hut Point party doesn’t return.
The weather continues wonderfully calm though now looking a little unsettled. Perhaps the unsettled look stops the party, or perhaps it waits for the moon, which will be bright in a day or two.
Any way I wish it would return, and shall not be free from anxiety till it does.
Cherry-Garrard is experimenting in stone huts and with blubber fires – all with a view to prolonging the stay at Cape Crozier.
Bowers has placed one thermometer screen on the floe about 3/4′ out, and another smaller one above the Ramp. Oddly, the floe temperature seems to agree with that on Wind Vane Hill, whilst the hut temperature is always 4º or 5º colder in calm weather. To complete the records a thermometer is to be placed in South Bay.
Science – the rock foundation of all effort!!