Monthly Archives: January 2012

Scott 100 Day 78 January 17th 1912 : Very Different Circumstances

Very Different Circumstances. It was so cold on this the hardest of days, that Oates, Evans and Bowers all had frostbitten noses and cheeks. Evan’s hand is now getting much worse and they are all feeling the cold. Wilson, who … Continue reading

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Scott 100 Day 77 16th January 1912 : The Worst Has Happened

The Worst Has Happened. Today they are 15 miles from the pole and see the first signs of the Norwegians, they have reached the pole and Scott and his men must now suffer such great disappointment. Edward Wilson made one simple entry in … Continue reading

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Scott 100 Day 76 January 15th 1912 : The Amateur

The Amateur. There is a paragraph in the Meredith Hooper book that describes how the British team prepare for the work and skills required. ‘Everyone who came south was expected to manage by doing, to learn by finding out.Suffer snowblindness, … Continue reading

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Scott 100 Day 75 14th January 1912 : The Professional

The Professional. The race between Scott and Amundsen to the pole is often categorised as the difference between the professional snow traveller and explorer (Amundsen) and the brave plucky amateur (Scott). This is unfair and fits a telling of the story to match a … Continue reading

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Scott 100 Day 74 13th January 1912 : Hope of being more worthy

Being more worthy. Many authors have reported on Scott’s failings, his temper, isolation and depressive moods. But Scott was insightful enough to recognise these himself. In the biography by Fiennes an extract from an earlier journal recalls Scott’s thoughts on his … Continue reading

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Scott 100 Day 73 12th January 1912 : Cold

Cold. Scott is reporting that the men are feeling cold and yet the temperature has increased ? Feeling the cold may be another sign that they are not well nourished and have pushed their bodies to the extreme. Scott’s Journal 12th … Continue reading

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Scott 100 Day 72 11th January 1912 : Manhauling

Manhauling. Scott’s entries have started to be dominated by the hard work of manhauling. After weeks of hauling the technique, pace and rhythm must have been well understood, as would the care of sledges and runners. The surfaces have changed … Continue reading

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