The Voyage of the 'Discovery' by Robert Falcon Scott
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CHAPTER XVII COMMENCEMENT OF OUR SECOND SLEDGING SEASON Parties StartingAway to New HarbourWe Find a Good Road, Establish a Depot, and ReturnSledging in Record TemperaturesExperiences in Different DirectionsEmperor Penguin ChicksEclipse of the SunA Great CapturePreparing for the Western JourneyAscending Ferrar GlacierOur Sledges Break Down - Forced to ReturnSome Good MarchingFresh StartMore Troubles with the SledgesA Heavy LossWind from the SummitThe Upper GlacierA Week in Camp We Break Away and Reach the SummitHard ConditionsParty DividedEight Days OnwardAn Awe-inspiring PlainWe Turn as the Month Ends. Where the great sun begins his state Robed in flames and amber light.Milton. Path of advance ! but it leads A long steep journey through sunk Gorges, o'er mountains in snow. M. ARNOLD. When the great sun had begun his state in 1903 we were all, as I have said, eager to be off on our travels once more. Royds and Wilson were the first to get away, on September 7 ; they had with them four menCross, Whitfield, Williamson, and Blissett; their mission lay on the old track to Cape Crozier, and the object of going thus early was to catch those mysterious Emperor penguins before they should have hatched out their young. Barne and his party were timed to start some days1903] AWAY TO NEW HARBOUR 205 later, with the idea of laying out a depot beyond the White Island, in preparation for the longer journey to come. On the 9th I got away with my own party, which included Mr. Skelton, Mr. Dailey, Evans, Lashly, and Handsley. Our object was to find a new road to the Ferrar Glacier, and on it to place a depot ready for a greater effort over the ice-cap. I pause a moment to recall to the reader the position of affairs in this region. The Fer...