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Diary entry: 15 - When we decided to build our hut here it was a calm day. This was unusual, we didn't know this at the time. We now know this is one of the windiest places on earth. It is dangerous to go out in high winds, we have to wear crampons on our boots and use an ice axe.
Explanatory caption: The Home of Blizzard, as Douglas Mawson called his camp at Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay. It turned out that he had chosen one of the windiest places on earth to establish a base, crampons and ice axes were often needed to move around outside, and the men would often be blown across smooth ice before coming to an unceremonious halt in a snow drift.