Saturday 11 Nov. [Actually November 10]

Magnificent going today over huge, smooth surface. The dogs have actually galloped. A few small sastrugi, but flat for the most part.

The weather has been brilliant. Calm – partly overcast, partly clear.

Around midday we saw in the telescope high, broken land to the S. It was miraged up, and probably 150 nautical miles away. A climb will apparently be unavoidable, but we will scarcely meet it before we have reached 86°.

Bj.’s three doggies unfortunately did not come back. He got a dog from Hassel. Bj.’s eye is better today, but he is very careful.

It is calm and mild this evening ca. –20°. All the dogs are lying on their sides and enjoying themselves.

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.