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The party excavating an ice shelter
Photograph showing five men (including one standing to the right hand side) digging into the ice.
While they waited for rescue, Shackleton’s men required better shelter than their ruined tents could provide. They first tried to dig caves in the ice of a neighbouring glacier, but the temperature was too high to prevent the cave walls from melting and the idea was abandoned.