Monthly Archives: May 2016

Precipice

“Down we went, to be checked presently by the sight of water 2500 ft. below. We could see the little wave-ripples on the black beach, penguins strutting to and fro, and dark objects that looked like seals lolling lazily on … Continue reading

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Retreat, retrace, repeat

“I suppose our desires were giving wings to our fancies, for we pointed out joyfully various landmarks revealed by the now vagrant light of the moon, whose friendly face was cloud-swept. Our high hopes were soon shattered. Crevasses warned us … Continue reading

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The importance of etiquette

“When men are as tired as we were, their nerves are on edge, and it is necessary for each man to take pains not to irritate the others. On this march we treated each other with a good deal more … Continue reading

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Following the light

“By midnight we were again at an elevation of about 4000 ft. Still we were following the light, for as the moon swung round towards the north-east, our path curved in that direction. The friendly moon seemed to pilot our … Continue reading

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Watching warily

“Night was upon us, and for an hour we plodded along in almost complete darkness, watching warily for signs of crevasses. Then about 8 p.m. a glow which we had seen behind the jagged peaks resolved itself into the full … Continue reading

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Slide

“We seemed to shoot into space. For a moment my hair fairly stood on end. Then quite suddenly I felt a glow, and knew that I was grinning! I was actually enjoying it… I yelled with excitement, and found that … Continue reading

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There could be no turning back now

“After a glance over the top I turned to the anxious faces of the two men behind me and said, β€œCome on, boys.” Within a minute they stood beside me on the ice-ridge. The surface fell away at a sharp … Continue reading

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The Allardyce Range

“We stood between two gigantic black crags that seemed to have forced their way upwards through their icy covering. Before us was the Allardyce range, peak beyond peak, snow-clad and majestic, glittering in the sunshine. Sweeping down from their flanks … Continue reading

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Feeling the strain

“We were now feeling the strain of the unaccustomed marching. We had done little walking since January and our muscles were out of tune. Skirting the base of the mountain above us, we came to a gigantic bergschrund, a mile … Continue reading

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We retraced our steps

“The country to the east was a great snow upland, sloping upwards for a distance of seven or eight miles to a height of over 4000 ft. To the north it fell away steeply in glaciers into the bays, and … Continue reading

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