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Tuesday, January 16th 1912

Camp 68. Height 9760. T. -23.5º. The worst has happened, or nearly the worst. We marched well in the morning and covered 7 1/2 miles. Noon sight showed us in Lat. 89º 42′ S., and we started off in high spirits in the afternoon, feeling that to-morrow would see us at our destination. About the second hour of the March Bowers’ sharp eyes detected what he thought was a cairn; he was uneasy about it, but argued that it must be a sastrugus. Half an hour later he detected a black speck ahead. Soon we knew that this could not be a natural snow feature. We marched on, found that it was a black flag tied to a sledge bearer; near by the remains of a camp; sledge tracks and ski tracks going and coming and the clear trace of dogs’ paws – many dogs. This told us the whole story. The Norwegians have forestalled us and are first at the Pole. It is a terrible disappointment, and I am very sorry for my loyal companions. Many thoughts come and much discussion have we had. To-morrow we must march on to the Pole and then hasten home with all the speed we can compass. All the day dreams must go; it will be a wearisome return. We are descending in altitude – certainly also the Norwegians found an easy way up.

2 Responses to “Tuesday, January 16th 1912”

  1. Petra Müller says:

    Please please, let us have daily updates! We are at a crucial stage now with Scott and his men arriving at the pole and the essential point of publishing the journal entries is to let us have a real time experience. And is it possible to show again photos as you did up to several months ago? Some photos were made by Bowers at the pole I know.
    Thank you.

  2. Jon Armitage says:

    I agree. Please let us have daily updates and photos