R.F. Scott, The Voyage of the 'Discovery', London, 1907, I, illustrated facing p. 350: 'As soon as the tent is well secured without, those who have been at work on it demand admittance; the door is unfastened and they come tumbling in with a confused medley of night-coats and foot-gear. All now squat round the hissing cooker, and we gain what comfort we can from the heat that escapes from it. The confined space within is now filled to repletion, and elbows and knees have to be managed with caution to avoid disaster to the cooker. By this time, in the Spring, the sun has sunk below the horizon, and the gloom of the tent is lightened only by the flickering rays of a candle placed in a collapsible lantern which hangs from a tent-pole...Then follows an interregnum of comparative silence, broken only by the crunch of biscuit or the smack of lips which have closed on a succulent spoonful of hoosh. This is a moment to be lived for...' (R.F. Scott, op. cit., pp. 350-352).
The spring sledging journeys were made in September 1902, shortly after the return of the sun on 22 August, and were used to reconnoitre the route and lay a depot for Scott's first assault on the South Pole. He finally set out on 2 November with Shackleton and Wilson and would reach a furthest south of 82°16'33" on the Ross Ice Shelf.