19 January 1912.
Now on the fifth day the conditions after breakfast started to clear from the south.  They broke camp, headed up the glacier through deep soft snow.  Again, skis were essential to break a trail for the sledges.  Once at the foot of the icefall Campbell and Priestley, went ahead, climbed the slopes trying to find a way through for the sledges.  From this new vantage point, crevassing and seracs spread across the ice-fall extending all the way to the ridge above.  Their way ahead with sledges barred, Campbell decided to return down the glacier, and more fully check the Boomerang Glacier for a sledge route through to Wood Bay.

Figure 2   Sketch by Campbell of the slopes he and Priestley climbed. (MUN Coll-010)

The sun had now come out and the soft snow surface proved hard going.  So much so, that it became too difficult for the three man teams to pull their individual sledges.  Relaying was started.  Even then, the six of them struggled to pull an individual sledge through the deep soft snow.  Eventually, at 6 pm after returning with the second sledge they made camp on the moraine at the confluence of the Boomerang and ‘Campbell’ Glaciers.  This camp was about a mile north of where they set stopped on the 9 January upward journey.  After a strenuous days hauling, six tired men settle down for a peaceful night and planned for the next day’s exploration of the hills bordering the Boomerang Glacier.


Figure 3 - Preparing camp on the 19 January at the entrance to the Boomerang glacier. 
Note the deep snow through which they had all the trouble hauling the sledges.  (SPRI Freezeframe P48-14-115)

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