Sunday 10 Dec. [Actually December 09]

−28°. Breeze from the south and crystal clear. It has been a little cool to go up wind, but nothing to make a fuss over.

Terrain and going the same old kind – first class. Quite even and flat the Vidda lies before us. Sledges and ski glide easily and pleasantly. But the dogs are tired, and they do not run fast, but they run evenly, and we have covered the stipulated 16 nautical miles. Another 5 days, and it is our intention to arrive. The Vidda does not give the impression of being enriched by strong winds. The snow covering is quite loose. Difficult enough to find a decent camp site. Got a splendid altitude at midday which gave 88°30' S. lat., or 1' more than dead reckoning. That’s fine. A splendid azimuth during the p.m.

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.