Monthly Archives: February 2014

Dash for the South Pole

Setting out, 1908: The Nimrod Expedition’s Polar Team consisted of Ernest Shackleton, Jameson Adams, Eric Marshall (the expedition doctor) and Frank Wild. [Photo from Public Domain Review]

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Aurora Australis

Packing crates were used for bindings. Photos from the antarctic-circle‘s auction list, and Museum Victoria.

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Rogue’s Gallery

E.E. Joyce and Frank Wild with the printing press, putting together Aurora Australis, the expedition book.

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Mt. Erebus

Mt. Erebus, photo by Carsten Peter for National Geographic

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Many upsets

“Many upsets. Commenced to blow. Depoted sledge, started to tramp it. Fell 100ds of times, bruised all over dead tired lost bearings. Arrived hut 11 a.m. nearly dead… very thankful to be back.” β€” Eric Marshall

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More bizarre than beautiful

The Ascent of Mount Erebus, photos by Edgeworth David, 1908 “We filed off in a procession more bizarre than beautiful. Some of us with our sleeping bags hanging straight down our backs with the foot of the bag curled upwards … Continue reading

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We were struggling for some time

“We were struggling for some time, mostly on our hands and knees. There was no breath for talking. Occasionally we came to blows, but these were dealt accidentally by a long armed finnesko-shod cramponless sledger, who whirled his arms like … Continue reading

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Prospice

Prospice FEAR death?β€”to feel the fog in my throat,   The mist in my face, When the snows begin, and the blasts denote   I am nearing the place, The power of the night, the press of the storm,   The post of … Continue reading

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A characteristic pose

“My memory retains a picture of him… fists on hips and brow knitted in thought. It was a characteristic pose… “Well done!” he said, “Now get away as soon as possible and tell the Captain to sail at once. Goodbye.” … Continue reading

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Shackleton’s whisky

The whisky cached beneath the hut. And its re-creation, almost 100 years later.

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