Saturday 18 Nov. [Actually November 17]

Bejynte imårres åpstigningen. Den ligger i misv NEtE¼E. Hunnene har prestert ett arbeide idag, såmm har oversteget mine høieste fårhåbninger.

We have covered a distance of10 nautical miles and climbed ca. 2,000ft. in altitude. We are now lying between

mountain summits and old dead glaciers in the loveliest camp site in the world. We have passed several huge crevasses but all full of old snow. So as not to run into these on the return journey, we have today built eight high, wide snow cairns, two by two on each side of our track, so that we cannot make a mistake.

Took six photographs of the mountains at the foot of the climb. They are from No.1 to No.6 on film No.3. All visible mountains seem to be loose scree. On the snow round each summit we can see a strong reddish-yellow colour. Presumably some gravel containing iron that has been drifted over.

The weather has been wonderful – pure summer. We are lightly clad and are enjoying the summer warmth. On all dark objects the snow is very hard. Clear and absolutely calm. On the steepest pitches, we had to relay the sledges two by two, with 16 dogs in front of each. It went like a dream. HH & W. have gone out to look at the terrain ahead. Also Bj.


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.