Keith Jack diary, Jan 13, 1916, pp11-12
On Thursday January 13, 1916, Cope, Jack and Gaze are caught in a crevassed area whilst laying stores on The Great Ice Barrier (Ross Ice Shelf) and have to pull Cope out of a crevasse:
"Some time before lunch we unfortunately got amongst crevasses and these gave us a good deal of anxiety especially when Cope suddenly disappeared down a very bad one and to a depth well over the length of his harness. The danger of these lay in that our course was almost parallel with them and in this case both Gaze and myself narrowly escaped following Cope. I managed to stop myself on the brink of the gaping bottomless chasm down which Cope had vanished. Having seen to safety of sledge by slewing it round Irvine (Gaze) and self fixed up a number of loops on a long piece of rope which at the last moment of leaving I had got from Joyce, This I lowered to Cope and when Irvine and self had got a tight hold directed Cope to climb up this improvised ladder. It took a long time to accomplish but eventually we landed him safe at the top again, thankful he was to be there too. ..."
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