"Paul ripped his tent’s snow skirt with a shovel"
Digging out the tent
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumDigging out the tent - Credit: Martin Hartley

Amundsen had been worried about the same thing. Ironically, leaving the same place, during the same blizzard he also worries about damaging his tent and no doubt we damaged our tent in our haste to get going in the horrific conditions: 

It was practically impossible to keep one’s eyes open; the fine drift-snow penetrated everywhere, and at times one had a feeling of being blind. The tent was not only drifted up but covered in ice, and taking it down we had to handle it with care, so as not to break it into pieces.