Keith Jack diary, Nov 19-22, 1915, pp.44-6
Jack's account of sledging journey to lay stores, and his fall down a crevasse.
Jack, Gaze and Cope made up one of three teams. Stevens had remained alone at Cape Evans to monitor the ongoing science program.
Jack notes on Nov 19: "Another good day’s march of 17 miles. Are camped off N end of White Is + have about 8 miles or so to go to reach our Petrol depot. This morning we investigated the large fracture in the pressure ridge noted on p39. Feel more convinced than ever that it was formed as there described.
Another point noticed, and probably due to the shifts in the barrier mentioned above, is that the fracture ran at an ^ + not along the line of pressure. Both Irvine and self took photos of this great ridge which had a sheer drop on the S side of about 50-90 ft deep... We tasted the ice however + found it fresh, not formed from sea as it certainly looked like when viewed from above. Another interesting fact was the colour of the sky when viewed from the bottom of the precipice. In contrast to the intense white of the cliff face upon which the intense sun was shining the sky assumed a deep indigo blue – the deepest I have ever observed.
Jack notes on Nov 20: "...have made today absolutely our record run covering 22 geographical miles…"
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