Our perambulations are now very circumscribed


“The floe is completely surrounded by water except at one or two points, and so exercise, where risks are unnecessary, is limited to running round and round the floe…”

— Alexander Macklin

“Our perambulations are now very circumscribed as the floe has wide cracks all around it. These can of course be crossed at many places, as they are mostly filled with broken lumps of ice and rubble, but unless occasion actually demands it, it is prudent not to leave the floe for the cracks are continually working and where one crossed over in safety one minute may be open water and quite impassable the next. By a long detour one would always manage to get back, as far as our experience goes, but it entails anxiety, often a partial ducking, and the time occupied may be so much as to cause one to be reported as missing from camp.”

— Thomas Orde-Lees

About Ernest Shackleton

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