Yesterday's turbulent weather gave way to a sparkling, wind-still day. I headed out on a solo walk this afternoon - away from McMurdo (Mac Town) towards Scott's store, then up to George T. Vince's memorial cross and along the ridge towards Castle Rock. I recorded the sound of my footprints as I walked past Scott's hut but for some reason blogspot seems reluctant to upload it here. I'll keep trying, though. The MP3 was what I really wanted to post with these few pics today; it's the first of many sounds I intend to record and post here over the season.
George Vince was the first man to have lost his life in McMurdo Sound. He was one of a party of nine men caught out in a blizzard during an excursion from the Discovery. He slipped down a steep slope and drowned. His body was never recovered. He is commemorated by a wooden cross erected by the crew of the Discovery and maintained today by the NZ & US bases in McMurdo Sound. In his journal, Scott wrote the following about George T. Vince; '... Life was a bright thing to him and it is something to think that death must have come quickly in the grip of that icy sea.'