The iron runners had been fitted to the 10-foot sledge while at Cape Adare, and tests carried out.
in his book[i]
Was Levick’s group carrying more their fair share? It is hard to say without having seen what others wrote in their diaries. However, both three-man parties would be carrying the same camping and personal gear and food. Although Levick’s team had his photography equipment, the other team had Campbell’s survey and Priestley’s geological equipment. Any extra food, a decreasing weight as the days passed, would, I assume, have been shared between the two sledges. Even if Levick had more than his share at the start of their journey, as they travelled the food would be consumed, lightening his load. Campbell’s sledge, with the additions of Priestley’s geological samples, would have an increasing load.
Now ready, they headed north-west to the foothills between them and Mount Melbourne. Campbell's plan was to follow the ‘Melbourne’ Glacier to where it would be possible to cross the lower slopes of Mount Melbourne into Wood Bay.
[i] Raymond Edward Priestley, Antarctic Adventure; Scott’s Northern Party (General Books LLC, 1913), p. 147.
[ii] Griffith Taylor, With Scott: The Silver Lining, Facsimile of 1916 ed (Smith, Elder and co.,, 1916), p. 452.