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  • Amundsen's diary: Monday, 05 December 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    of these are quite big but nothing to make a song and dance about With a little exhortation the dogs take the sledges over with flying colours If we had to haul ourselves it would have been a dangerous job The oldest of these sastrugi run SE NW but many of those more recently formed run N S and E W We have had snowfall fine all day absolutely no

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  • Amundsen's diary: Sunday, 04 December 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    Some large sastrugi that has given rise to some capsizing and other troubles We have worked our way ahead by 20 nautical miles in this impenetrable weather and at the moment are 10 200 ft asl by boiling point During the am there were still large stretches of ice between the sastrugi but during the afternoon we finally lost them I saw the moon here a couple of days ago

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  • Amundsen's diary: Saturday, 03 December 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    no question of using skis We all had to support the sledges and help the dogs The next section promised good going and we congratulated ourselves on having overcome all difficulties But we spoke too soon It was not over so quickly A high ridge suddenly rose before us and the hollow into which we had to go down quickly showed us that here were difficulties aplenty The one serac after the other indicated the violent turmoil that had been here And that was soon revealed Oops there was W s sledge with one runner down in a huge bottomless crevasse A rather awkward situation Bj took a photo We were all able to get up again without damage Then this happened to W All his dogs fell inn and disappeared and were hauled up again it happened from one minute to the next Well somehow we worked our way across unscathed and got up to the ridge Again it consisted of bare ice but so filled up with hidden crevasses that one literally could not put a foot down anywhere without threading through Luckily almost all of these crevasses were filled but some were dangerous enough It was a very hard job for the doggies Bj fell through but managed to cling to his sledge Without that he would have been irretrievably lost At last we got over this nether region and little by little we arrived at the real genuine Vidda without the disturbance of land In fact we last saw land W by N and W by S 1 2 S compass bearing This was F range the southernmost In other words this was the southernmost land we had seen It was 87 S lat that at long last we reached the vidd a We had a

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  • Amundsen's diary: Friday, 02 December 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    well have remained where we were It soon began to blow again and in a short while a full storm was blowing from the SE We couldn t see our hands in front of our faces Had the terrain been smooth we would have continued but an unfortunate and considering the weather a dangerous change had occurred The pressure on this area had been rather greater than where we had been the past couple of days The ice was broken by huge crevasses Admittedly all these crevasses are filled up with snow but on both sides along the solid edges this crust is rather thin and dangerous We could not use out skis today it was just sheer ice all over and we had to help the doggies After several quite dangerous stretches in thick fog we had to give up and make camp We had only done 2 nautical miles But we could have risked people doggies and sledges in this filthy weather and that is too costly for a miserable few nautical miles Out tent is now pitched on bare ice narrow crevasses everywhere To reduce our loads we left all our fur clothing at our previous camp

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  • Amundsen's diary: Thursday, 01 December 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    help the animals when they can no longer get a grip with their claws And that has unfortunately mostly been the case all day long It has been a struggle both for doggies and human beings Added to that there is a storm from the SE with thick intense drift and falling snow so that one absolutely cannot see anything at all We have travelled completely blind today We are

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  • Amundsen's diary: Wednesday, 30 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    areas of the glacier absolutely bare It looked really gruesome We had left our crampons at The Butcher s shop Without them climbing on sheer ice is supposed to be an impossibility A thousand thoughts ran through my brain The pole lost perhaps because of such an idiotic blunder But it went inch by inch foot by foot sledge length by sledge length first E then W then N then S round huge open chasms and treacherous crevasses on the verge of collapsing Then up a steep twisted ice ridge then down another so that one might expect to see the sledges splinter But we managed and after a while we had worked our way up to the place HH and I had reached yesterday evening So far our prospects had not seemed particularly bright But henceforth despite the fog things would brighten for us We reached a somewhat even stretch and through fog gale and drift and once again after a long time had the opportunity for a long distance to steer directly South That brightened things We were climbing quite gently the whole time Gradually the huge chasms were filled with snow The crevasses ebbed out and little by little they became more and more a rarity until we reached the plateau where they stopped completely Here the violent pressure which had caused the heavy disturbance through which we had just passed now had another effect rather milder Big haycock like mounds were strewn about in all directions Some as high as a man some smaller others bigger Up here the terrain is somewhat different The whole foundation is of bare rather finely cracked ice broken by big sastrugi running SE NW We have not yet been able to see the immediate surroundings but we know with certainty

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  • Amundsen's diary: Tuesday, 29 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    Now for the first time we could reasonably determine the altitude of G range We agreed that the lowest summit could not be under 8 800 ft The highest 12 000 ft The necessary observations have been taken The clear weather gave us greater visibility New ranges have appeared in a NE ly direction and confirm my assumption All these ranges are a continuation of E range H range bearings not yet taken estimated between 12 20 000 ft asl We also had a glimpse of the Great Beehive We could also see a continuation of this range towards the NW but did not recognize it because it was not entirely clear We have not gone fast today all of 5 nautical miles The Devil s Glacier has lived up to its name One has to move two miles to advance one Chasm after chasm abyss after abyss hasto be circumvented Treacherous crevasses and masses of hummocks make progress extremely difficult The digs struggle and the drivers not less It is tiring for us two who go ahead HH ans I went out when we made camp this afternoon to survey the route for tomorrow The terrain wasn t better

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  • Amundsen's diary: Monday, 28 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    to come into view G range Huge glaciers tumbled down them and looked magnificent Both ranges ran N S but NE SW in relation to each other Through the telescope I could indistinctly see the ranges continue towards the NE Without doubt they are a continuation of the E range Between both ranges there was a monstrous glacier Towards the F range the ice seemed more confused than anything I had yet seen It looked as if a huge mass of enormous blocks of ice had been lifted up and dropped down But one could definitely see that this happened many many years ago Snow and warmth had rounded off and filled in a great deal The highest summit was rather peculiar An approximately 10 000 ft high cupola crowned with huge ice crystals crystals of giant size A grander and more beautiful headdress can scarcely be imagined The biggest and most unpleasant surprise was however an enormous mighty glacier running E W true from F range as far as the eye could see In other words right in our course We soon discovered that the best way of tackling it by looking through the telescope was to set our course for the glacier despite the fog which had once again settled over everything A latitude that Hass fixed at the depot was 86 21 S Lat about the same as dead reckoning of 86 23 We soon arrived at the glacier in the thickest fog and advanced as best we could On all sides there were masses of greater and lesser crevasses together with enormous chasms and we had to inch our way through going about from the one tack to the other Hass and I went ahead roped together and the three others followed behind It went far

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