The Ascent Of Mount Erebus
( Originally Published 1910 )
On March 5th, 19o8, a party of six men, Professor David, Douglas Mawson, Adams, Brocklehurst, Marshall and Mackay began the ascent of the mountain, and in the face of difficult ice and very low temperatures made steady progress upwards. On the second day out a blizzard swept down upon them, and for thirty hours they had to lie in their sleeping bags. They finally reached the summit, and looked down into the live crater, which was found to be half a mile wide and 900 feet deep.