The scott expedition
By the time you read this it’ll be January 17th, which is the date Captain Scott, along with his companions Bowers, Oates, Wilson and Evans reached the South Pole.
When I was 16 years old and still at school, I had a part-time job in a shop in Canterbury called Field and Trek that sold outdoor gear. Upstairs, next to the shelves that displayed camping stoves and the odd lantern, was a door that looked like a cupboard, but actually led to the staff tea room.
Another deeply testing day today: we woke up to strong winds and a complete whiteout and the mood in the tent was pretty sombre as we melted snow to make our breakfast.
Day 14 was a tough one, which started with Tarka popping his head out of the tent – as he was nearest the door – and reporting that while the weather was still poor and the wind was still high, there was just enough visibility to make a go of it.
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