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Series 01: Frank Hurley sledging diary, 10 Nov. 1912 - 10 Jan. 1913, kept while a member of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914, together with an edited typescript transcript10 Nov. 1912 - 10 Jan. 1913
Transcript:frequently. I must have gone down a dozen times in the mile. At 7 miles we had a recurrence of Pie crust snow, our legs becoming so stiff & tired with lifting them, that it seemed more of a struggle than even a slow march. Not a minute is lost in sledging & after 10 minutes rest we were off again & completed 12½ miles for 12 hrs labor. Total 228½. Sledging is hard work over this awful harsh country which seems to try and bar our progress at every step. How we have escaped accident in (indecipherable) or broken limbs so far, is good luck more than care. Had we trust to providence to so preserve us from so disastrous happening. We have five days yet to go ahead before returning