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 and outwards, resembled the scorpion men of the Assyrian sculptures; others marched with their household gods done up in the form of huge sausages; yet another presented Sindbad, with the place of the “Old Man of the Sea” taken by a huge brown bag, stuffed with all our cooking utensils; this bag had a knack of suddenly slipping off his shoulders, and bow-stringing him around his neck.”
— Edgeworth David

About Ernest Shackleton

Polar Explorer. Leader of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-1917.
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