Continuing alone and with his health deteriorating, Mawson got rid of everything unessential except for his geological samples and records, cutting his sledge in half for the final journey. At one point he fell down a crevasse, hanging fourteen feet however he managed to drag himself out. On 29 January Mawson discovered a snow cairn left by a search party for him and with a note telling him Aladdin’s Cave, where they had set out from, lay only twenty three miles away. On 1 February Mawson arrived there, only to get stuck for a week by bad weather. Finally risking the last part of the journey, he reached Cape Denison just in time to see Aurora leaving. Six men had remained behind to search for him, sea ice conditions prevented Aurora from returning. The seven men were left to spend another winter at Cape Denison.