so many futile efforts last year all seemed wildly anxious to go ashore. 8 persons first ran over the narrow belt of margin ice and madly began to climb in two gullies excessively steep and ending in inaccessible slope a few hundred feet up. Those ahead shot down a wild profusion of blocks of granite – that some did not get wounded or killed is a marvel. I got the skin boat dragged over the ice and launched in the strip of water that separated the shore ice from the foot of an accessible ravine, the channel of a residual glacier. The slope for 75 ft. at first was very sheer, but inasmuch as it was full of icy snow it was easily ascended b cutting steps with an axe brought from the ship for that purpose. Beyond this there was not the slightest difficulty. Kellet (51) landed on it at the time of its discovery [and] (in) calls it an inaccessible rock. The sides all around are in general sheer granite, but many accessible slopes may be found by practiced mountaineers. I first pushed to the head of the glacial valley, then pushed along the back –
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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