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Byrd's Advance Base Camp


"At midnight on February 15th, by the light of gasoline flares, the Advance Base shack was dismantled; and the sections were piled on two tractor sledges. Next afternoon, the four tractors moved out of Little America in echelon; trundling behind each was a string of sledges loaded down with fuel and meteorological gear and books and clothes and tools and all the other countless things required to defend existence in a place which offers nothing to man but air to breathe. Ahead of them ran a 178-mile life line through the heart of the Barrier...."
- - Richard Byrd, "Alone"



Byrds Shack at Advance Base Camp

Supplies
  • 350 candles
  • 3 flashlights
  • 30 batteries
  • 2 kerosene lanterns
  • 2 sleeping bags
  • 2 primus stoves
  • an air-cushion
  • 9 fire bombs
  • a fire extinguisher
  • a single folding chair
  • 425 boxes of matches
  • a gasoline pressure lantern
  • 3 aluminum buckets
  • 2 wash basins
  • 2 mirrors
  • a calendar
  • a small fireproof rug
  • 2 candle holders
  • 2 whisk brooms
  • 3 dozen pencils
  • 400 paper napkins
  • a box of thumbtacks
  • a box of rubber bands
  • 2 reams of writing paper
  • a 5 gallon can stuffed with toilet paper
  • a thermos jug
  • 2 decks of playing cards
  • 4 yards of oilcloth
  • pieces of asbestos
  • 2 packets of tooth picks
  • 360 pounds of meat
  • 792 pounds of vegetables
  • 73 pounds of soup
  • 176 pounds of canned fruit
  • 90 pounds of dried fruit
  • 3 boxes of soap and laundry chips
  • 56 pounds of desserts and a half ton of various staples including cereals

  • Source: "Alone", by Richard Byrd


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