Monday 30 October [Actually October 29]
Gale during the night with thick drift. Eased during the morning. We turned out as usual at 6 o'clock and were ready to start around 8.
Before we left, HH shot one of his dogs – Bone. It was too old and couldn't keep up. It was big and fat. It was cut open, the innards taken out and the carcass put in the snow cairn we had built – The weather was not of the best kind when we set off. Fairly thick and wind from the northerly quarter.
The going has not been of the best kind today – minor sastrugi and loose snow. Luckily it cleared gradually and at 1 p.m. we caught sight of the depot. Everything in order. Judging by appearances, very little snow has fallen. The snowdrift around the dept is about 1½ ft. high.
Our average speed is now 3 nautical miles an hour.
This transcript comes from “Race for the South Pole - The Expedition Diaries of Scott and Amundsen” by Roland Huntford. It appears by courtesy of the author and The Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.