Tuesday 31 October [Actually October 30]

A wonderful rest day at 81°. Calm and clear.

Have put our sleeping bags out to dry. They had become a little damp. Bj. and I went out to look at our transverse marks. These marks were narrow planks from boxes around 2½ long and were placed out at the beginning of March 1911. There they stood now, at the end of October, about ½ ft. lower – presumably caused by drift snow. They were so clear and visible that we could not have passed them without seeing them.

Have profited by the fine day to take a number of observations and check the compasses. We have taken a number of photos. The doggies are in splendid form.

We went past two crevasses yesterday, a short time before arriving here. There now remain in the depot five cases of meat pem. = 200 kg (net) and four cases of fish pem. = 160 kg (net). In all = 360 kg. The depot has been completely rebuilt, and is now considerably higher. The flag that was planted on it in March is just as good. It almost seems not to have been used. There cannot have been much strong wind. Everybody has filled their cases with dog pemmikan. Go on further tomorrow.   

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.