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  • Amundsen's diary: Sunday, 27 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    miles away We passed right under a ridge As usual it ran S true The terrain has run up and down in huge waves as before The going has been extremely variable Good and utterly bad For the most part the surface has been as smooth as a floor except for a few quite small sastrugi The place where we are lying this evening consists of huge old rock hard sastrugi presumably formed during the winter but filled in between by loose snow fallen in quite calm weather and presumably quite recently This new snow has filled in the terrain between sastrugi so that everything seems quite flat These hard sastrugi and loose snow make travelling here heavy and sluggish At 86 9 there was a little break in the fog and not far away ca 4 nautical miles we caught sight of two long fairly high snow clad ridges presumably 10 000 above sea level We took the necessary bearings and soon after they had disappeared They lay to the west of us and the range ran N S true I have the impression that these snow mountains are completely independent of our other mountain ranges We could not

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  • Amundsen's diary: Saturday, 26 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    our course On the other hand by moving to the E one had a fine even descent And that is what we did when we set off this morning around 8 o clock in an E ly gale with heavy drift so that we could not see our hands before our face We soon got down to level ground Without doubt the ridge on which we lay is Håkonshallen s transition to the Vidda 52 Later we crossed a rather gentle ridge probably from the Great Beehive and since then we have not noticed anything Smooth lies the Vidda before us without sastrugi flat as a living room floor We have won a victory Dragged ourselves through storm and drift and are lying now on the Vidda in sunshine and fine weather We reached 86 S Lat and are extremely pleased with our prospects The going in the forenoon was like sand It was real misery to move ahead both for animals and men It was rather better in the p m and it was soon helped when the sun shone a little on us The dogs stomachs were completely in order again today after pemmican feeding yesterday Today I

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  • Amundsen's diary: Friday, 25 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    sastrugi and it was just about impossible to see them Nor did the dogs have any desire to work They had overeaten on their comrades In the meantime the sastrugi became gradually smaller and smaller and finally we had the finest smoothest terrain The going was extremely bad sticky as glue Difficult for the dogs The drift was so thick mixed with falling snow that we could hardly see the doggies in front of the sledges At the start they gave the impression of going on a sheer plain Sometimes they gave the impression of going slightly downwards Around 1 o clock meanwhile they began to go more downhill and in the end they were hurtling wildly down a fairly steep slope It would have been the work of a madman to continue this charge completely blind one could have fallen down with all that might have meant and however unwillingly we had to stop in the middle of the slope 51 It is there that we have now pitched our tent It is blowing from the NE with whirling drift just as much as before What is there at the bottom of the slope Is it only a ridge that runs out on to the plateau or is it a descent between the mountains Personally I believe it is a ridge and I believe we will soon be clear of it But we will see According to the aneroid we have descended 1 000 ft today We should now be at 9 600 ft Oddly enough we can all notice it in our breathing At the butcher s shop we all had unpleasant hacking coughs and shortness of breath when we lay in our sleeping bags For my part I never noticed anything outside These hacking coughs have completely

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  • Amundsen's diary: Thursday, 24 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    November 2011 Share Had to stay put today as well Same gale from NE with heavy thick drift It has eased a little this evening and also backed ENE ly Drift nearly stopped Prospects good for tomorrow As usual we have enjoyed the dog meat together with the dogs We are all keen on it This transcript comes from Race for the South Pole The Expedition Diaries of Scott and

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  • Amundsen's diary: Wednesday, 23 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    and turn in again But first we took a good load of dog meat The fact is that we all prefer this to our favourite dish pemmican We always boil it as we have nothing to fry it in The dogs have distinctly recovered The ravenous hunger they previously showed has now completely disappeared They stroll around fat full and satisfied We all benefit from the rest we have here

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  • Amundsen's diary: Tuesday, 22 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    bad weather chose a rest day the gale has eased somewhat this evening and the prospect of getting off tomorrow is good From here we will build a cairn every other mile At each degree we will lay a depot with human food for seven days and dog food for six days a weight of 90 kg This will quickly lighten the sledges of ours This transcript comes from Race

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  • Amundsen's diary: Monday, 21 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    with thick drift Just shot the sun Latitude 85 36 S A better result than I had expected The climb that we have done has thus generally gone in a S ly direction During the a m we skinned 10 doggies carved them and served them It seemed that they tasted excellent to the survivors We human beings did not scorn the beasts either We have had the most delicate doggy cutlets for dinner I myself ate five but then had to stop because no more remained My companions undoubtedly found the dish appetising as well Afterwards we treated ourselves to an extra dish in the form of pudding made of biscuit crumbs our favourite dish We also had time to do some small jobs before the gale arrived Fourteen unskinned doggies remain here in the depot In addition we leave everything superfluous We leave here with three sledges and supplies for people for 60 days We will use 18 dogs in three teams to the Pole From the Pole 12 dogs in two teams Hassel s sledge will be left here We have all tallied our stores today and everyone knows exactly what he has on his sledge We

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  • Amundsen's diary: Sunday, 20 November 2011 | South Pole 1911-2011
    evening these were shot and the entrails taken out We will skin them tomorrow We have 18 the best left We have divided these into three teams six in each It was a sheer marvel of work that the dogs accomplished today Seventeen nautical miles and 5000 ft climb Come and say that dogs cannot be used here In four days we have reached the plateau from the coast 44 nautical miles 10 600 ft It was a wonderful piece of work We found a pass the only approach to the plateau here between A and B ranges together with Olavsfjell It was a splendid climb Quite a smooth snow wall which almost without interruption ran right down and gently merged with Folgefonni The plateau seems quite flat but intersected with rock hard knife edged sastrugi SE NW The mountains through which we have travelled run as a long ridged scar in the plateau We are lying on a ridge in D range This ridge has received the name of the Butcher s shop We will stay here for two days to feed up the doggies Many of them have already tucked into the entrails of their comrades Many of

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