Monthly Archives: November 2011

Day 28: Rest Day & Hot Going

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Distance remaining: 433 nmi
Total distance travelled: 238.4 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Team Amundsen indulge in a well-deserved rest day, more out of necessity due to the adverse weather conditions than anything else. Still, Lou and Henry are never a pair to rest completely, and take the opportunity to do some odd jobs, including some ski maintenance and a little improvised cobbling from Henry.

Lou tells us all about his brisk “morning constitutional”, conducted amidst winds of up to 55mph. We should hope that he was sensible enough to do it downwind from the tent. Or is that upwind? Either way, we hope Henry kept his head down and the tent door firmly zipped up. 

The 83rd degree south line is just 12 nautical miles away, or a good day’s march, as long as the chaps can get on their way tomorrow morning. Let’s hope so! Lou explains that from there it’s on to 85S for the start of the Axel Heiberg Glacier and a 6,000ft climb to the polar plateau, for the final phase of the race.

Lou ends his report with a special message to his kids Luke, Sophie and Amy.

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Distance to the Pole: 513 nmi
Total distance travelled: 237.8 nmi



Vic Vicary reports for the Scott team, on their hottest day yet it seems. With temperatures of just -1 degree and bright sun, their record-breaking distance of 13 nautical miles must surely have been thirsty work! The guys are “chuffed” with their day’s work, and rightly so.

Vic gives us a rundown of their Antarctic attire. With reindeer hide-lined boots, thermal layers, mittens and windproof shells, conjured in our minds is the very picture of south polar sartorial elegance. We’re glad to hear that the guys are wrapping up well and are avoiding the dreaded “Antarctic willy”. 

Banter appears to be ramping up between the Scott and Amundsen team, a sign that even with zero communication between the teams, there’s still a healthy amount of natural competitiveness. Still, Vic’s bald joke is a little tame compared to Henry’s “short, fat legs” comment of two days ago.

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We give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, Joanna Worsley of the South Pole Lonely Wives’ Club (SPLWC) shares her thoughts:

“The Scott-Amundsen Race is Henry’s second, and surely not his last, expedition to the South Pole. The first, three years ago, took five years to plan with a great many people helping in all aspects of the fundraising, training, planning and publicity. This one seems to have taken a brief few months which is an extraordinary achievement.”

“I remember clearly the day Mark came to our house in Hereford only a year ago. As he laid out a very white map in our conservatory, I knew straight away, and accepted, that the challenge and thrill of a second expedition would be too enticing for Henry to decline. Henry, however, being a great deal less certain of what our reactions might be, spent a week tiptoeing around our children – Max and Alicia – and me, reassuring us that he had only assumed the role of an ‘advisor’! But the truth will out, and after Max’s prompting that his father was a wimp for not participating in the race, it was only a day until Henry’s role turned from that of ‘advisor’ to leading the Amundsen team!”

Joanna Worsley with son and daughter Max and Alicia

“I’ve always been positive about this expedition, particularly as Amundsen’s route through the mountains seems to have no cravasses which might otherwise have caused some anxiety as there are only two of them.”

“I’m thrilled when people follow their dreams and even more thrilled when they achieve them. There is a wonderful quote by Henry David Thoreau in the mid 19th Century ‘go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined’. I have no desire at all to visit the South (or North) Pole myself and am more than happy leaving that to Henry. It is Asia that recharges my soul and fills my life more and more as the children turn into independent young adults, and so I head to India in the New Year…..”

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A Special Message to all Schools

The three schools that raise the most funds for the Scott-Amundsen Race and the Royal British Legion will be rewarded with a visit from the Scott team! Mark, Vic and Kev will give a full presentation during their visit, with slides, videos, images, in short, the full works.

Schools wishing to donate should do so via the page. Enter the name of your school when donating, and email Andy the webmaster to make sure we register your donation.

We’d also like to invite all the schools that are following the progress to contact the webmaster, so that you can be mentioned on a new “Scott-Amundsen Schools” page. Please include a very short text on your school and any SACR-related activities, especially fundraising efforts! We’ll list your school plus a link to your website.