Hello. It looks like another great day. (Should be dropping yet to -9) Last night I did my first Discovery Hut Tour for 16 people. I and another shuttle driver teamed up to take them. She gave tours last year, so it was nice to have an experienced person along. Everyone does have to dress warm. ECW (Extreme Cold Weather) gear is essential for the cold winds that blow. I had on my “Big Red” (11 pound parka) Glove liners and the POSSUM liners in my boots! I did not get cold. In fact – during the return walk to McMurdo, I was sweating (not good) and had to keep opening up my layers to cool off. I have some photos of inside the Discovery Hut. I will post those soon – and let you know!
I spent more time yesterday training the 2 newest drivers how to work dispatch. I started with one in the morning, and assumed someone else would be assigned the task in the afternoon for the 2nd person. NOooooo. Oh well, someone has to do it!
…… now for more interesting ‘stuff’:
Wintering at Cape Evans
Although they didn’t have much, spirits in the hut remained high during the winter. Scott credited that to the fact that everyone stayed relatively busy during this time. There were a number of scientific experiments being done. The equipment that was going to be used for the polar traverse had to be checked and mended. The men kept detailed records of the weather around McMurdo Sound. Cherry-Garrard began producing the South Polar Times once again, and kept a good record of life in the hut at Cape Evans. The men celebrated Mid-Winter Day on June 22nd as it it were Christmas. The men were good at livery. They often had evening lectures. One of the scientists would talk about the recent findings of his work, or they would simply tell stories and laugh. When the weather was good they would even go out on the sea ice and play soccer. During the winter three of the men, Wilson, Cherry-Garrard, and Bowers, left on an expedition to Cape Crozier. Wilson wanted to study the incubation of Emperor penguins. Although the expedition was successful in the fact that the men did collect samples from the penguins, it was almost deadly. The men made it back to Cape Evans barely alive, and when Cherry-Garrard published a book about the journey it would forever be known as “The Worst Journey in the World.” On August 23, 1911, the sun rose for the first time in six months. After two more near tragedies, Atkinson almost being lost in a blizzard and the ponies nearly dying of colic, all thought were turned toward the pole. As the supplies were readied for the journey, the men wondered who would get to be in Scott’s final polar party.