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Three seasonal diary extracts

By Ian Irvine   January 2010

1911—William Lashly, on Scott’s last expedition to Antarctica, records in his diary:

Christmas Day and a good one. We have done 15 miles over a very changing surface. First of all it was very much crevassed and pretty rotten; we were often in difficulties as to which way we should tackle it. I had the misfortune to drop clean through, but was stopped with a jerk when at the end of my harness. It was not of course a very nice sensation, especially on Christmas Day and being my birthday as well. It seemed a long time before I…

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