15-18 January 1912
Greeted by dreadful weather at six am the two groups had nothing else to do but turn in again.  No way could they sledge in the snowstorm and blizzard raging outside.  It would not be until the 19th, four days later, that they would get under way again.  Tent bound Campbell writes in his diary:

 The Antarctic teaches us patience if nothing else!  Here we are at the gate and can't get on, and with our five precious weeks slipping by.

It was good that their experience meant they had favored a good and fairly sheltered campsite.  Although shielded from the wind, its roaring in the craggy side of the glacier was a constant companion for the next four days.  Occasionally, in the lulls, they would look outside only to see looming blue icefalls appearing through the drifts on the way ahead.  Not an encouraging site to cheer or improve their mood during this enforced period of inactivity.

Hold up in their tents there was not much to do except catch up on diary writing, adding or working up field notes, and preparing and eating meals.  During this period of inactivity, the body required less food so they would downsize their meals and consumed less food.  At this stage of the expedition not being short of food  this would have been for comfort, but later during the journey home where food was short it would be for necessity.  From later diary entries, we know they would have been talking, joking, and possibly debating various back home issues also, the three seamen Abbott, Browning and Dickason were quite inventive when it came to games to fill in the time.  

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