Scott and his men make slow progress on the Ross Ice Shelf:
‘One feels that for poor Oates the crisis is near, but none of us are improving…’ Scott
Captain Oates walked to his heroic death, saying “I am just going outside and may be some time” not wanting to hinder his comrades.
His death is seen as an act of self-sacrifice when, aware his ill health was compromising his three companions’ chances of survival, he chose certain death.
His body was never recovered.