Northward: Peary’s 1908-09 Expedition

Air very biting

Got under way at 7.30 a.m. A fine day of brilliant sunshine but cold (-30° at starting, -40° end of march). Light N.E. air very biting, dogs smoking.
    Heaviest march of recent ones.
    At first much recent ice (1 ft.) raftered more or less then heavy rubble under deep old floes. A few level old floes.
    Reach Captain's camp in 6 hours among small very heavy old floes raftered all along edge (12 miles).
    As he had been in his igloo only some 3 hours when I arrived told him to turn in + sleep more + get under way about midnight. Lightened the sledges of his men over 100 lbs. each by taking some of their pemmican onto my sledges.
    Am glad of the drop in temperature. Hope it will continue. Do not like the temps in the teens + -20's. These mean open water.
    We are over the 87th parallel at this camp. Sun did not set last night.
    Two fox tracks crossed during day.     

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