Thursday 23 Nov. [Actually November 22]

The gale has lasted all day.

Luckily the bad weather chose a rest day – the gale has eased somewhat this evening, and the prospect of getting off tomorrow is good.

From here we will build a cairn every other mile. At each degree we will lay a depot with human food for seven days and dog food for six days – a weight of 90 kg. This will quickly lighten the sledges of ours.

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.