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  • Amundsen's diary: Thursday, 26 October 1911 | South Pole 1911-2011
    which we saw for the first time between 81 and 82 S latitude Now we have them NE by N From the dept at 81 S latitude they bear NE by N Now the sun is very strong Forced the temperature up many degrees in the course of the day Here in the tent it is like in a little oven It is also quite dark Everybody in brilliant form

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  • Amundsen's diary: Wednesday, 25 October 1911 | South Pole 1911-2011
    Gathered all seal meat in one place It is the flesh of 4 big seals Collected all the pieces of blubber which lay strewn around and put the finishing touches to the depot At 9 a m we got going The dogs were completely wild Covered the stage 15 nautical miles by 1 p m Pure luxury Lovely weather On this stretch the Barrier has been absolutely even Wonderful skiing

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  • Amundsen's diary: Tuesday, 24 October 1911 | South Pole 1911-2011
    with health Tomorrow we go on further south This time we have brought to the depot 200 kg dog pemmican 30 l paraffin 130 2 tins of biscuits 3 alpine ropes 3 complete units of food for 100 days We have taken from the depot 1 case of paraffin 150 5 seals 15 kg filets 1 case of dog pemmican 8 packets of chocolate This transcript comes from Race for

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  • Amundsen's diary: Monday, 23 October 1911 | South Pole 1911-2011
    that we could get out in reasonably respectable weather and hack up meat for the dogs They are having a good time now As much fresh meat as they can eat And then they can sleep to their heart s content Now we have four dogs fewer than when we set out These four were let loose on the way because they could not keep up presumably overfed Consequently we now have 48 dogs left or four teams of 12 each We are having a splendid time in our tent We stumbled on the brilliant idea of sewing an outer tent out of our 10 bunk curtains This improvised outer tent proved excellent in that it reduces the heat from the sun to a great extent and holds the warmth inside It is hugely different from the first trip Now we always lie in loose bedclothes warm and comfortable Another great advantage is that it is always dark inside the tent and that is desirable when one has been in the glare of the snow all day Wind dropped during the day Have spent p m packing the sledges and rebuilding the depot Thus we are quite ready The dogs

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  • Amundsen's diary: Sunday, 22 October 1911 | South Pole 1911-2011
    we covered yesterday we should have another 22 8 nautical miles to 80 We had a good test of both sledgemeter and compass Without having seen our hands in front of our faces so to speak we ran close up to the depot 1 30 p m It was brilliant proof a single point on this huge space guided by sledgemeter and compass in the thickest spindrift Everything was in

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  • Amundsen's diary: Saturday, 21 October 1911 | South Pole 1911-2011
    fetched another sledge which we placed across the crevasse and to which we anchored the hanging sledge Thereafter W was lowered on the alpine rope and down there he managed to fix straps to the various boxes and from that position we managed to haul them right up to the top It took us a good 1 hours to get the sledge up again W who had been down in the crevasse could report that a short distance from where the sledge had fallen in there was a huge widening under the surface which could have swallowed all sledges with full complement if they had strayed broadside on On closer investigation it turned out that the terrain around us consisted entirely of crevasse after crevasse and enormous chasms To continue in such terrain in thick fog we decided was best avoided It was difficult to find space for the tent but with the aid of the tent pole we were finally able to arrange a reasonably secure site The tiny place on which we now have the tent standing is surrounded by crevasses and chasms on all sides and our tent is certainly on the worst of them The time is now 1 p m We are cooking lobscouse and waiting for the fog to lift At 4 o clock it lifted Then we could see seracs surrounding us quite small but enough to signal the filthy terrain Bj W and I went ahead on the alpine rope to find a way out By going eastwards we were soon out of it At 5 o clock we started off again at full tilt The doggies ran like lightning Too hastily however we resumed a course of E by N and once more it brought us among the crevasses Four of

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  • Amundsen's diary: Friday, 20 October 1911 | South Pole 1911-2011
    having covered 17 nautical miles we found a snow cairn erected at the beginning of April It has thus lasted for seven months and is still in good condition From this cairn we changed course a point northwards ENE so as not to get mixed up in filth The wind dropped as the day went on We drove on to the south east Luckily we had no wind from this

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  • Amundsen's diary: Thursday, 19 October 1911 | South Pole 1911-2011
    a light breeze thence We saddled our steeds 13 before each of the four sledges and set out Pr stood with the cine camera at the foot of the run down to the sea ice and filmed us all Twenty seal lay in a group shielding a couple of new born pups He shot us again on the climb on the other side of the bay The fog came down again after we had covered a little ground HH ran first and set a course with his compass For some reason we ran too far East and into an unknown maze of cracks and crevasses I sat together with W His sledge was last Suddenly a large piece of the surface fell away next to the sledge and exposed a gruesome abyss big enough to swallow us all Luckily we were so far to the side that we were saved We understood from the surroundings that we had strayed too far to the East and therefore set a course directly East by the compass S by W true That soon brought us within sight of some flags and a short time afterwards reached the place where we shot Kaisa on

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