The Race: Day 12 – Christmas Presents

AMUNDSEN TEAM

Distance remaining: 600 nmi
Total distance travelled: 68.8 nmi (10.2%)

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In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd gives us today’s report from the Amundsen team. Today, a lesson on latitude and longitude from Lou, for all the school children that listen regularly (and the adults who never paid attention while they were themselves school children – you know who you are).

Today marks the first milestone for the Amundsen team – the crossing of the 80 degrees south mark. Lou explains the significance of going from 79 to 80 degrees, a distance of around 60 nautical miles. With 10 more degrees to slog their way through on the trek to 90S (AKA the South Pole), it’s a daunting distance that still lies ahead. 

We also get an insight into the hazards of operating in extreme polar winds, and we bear witness to Lou’s promise to his daughter Sophie of a wonderful homemade Christmas present.

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SCOTT TEAM

Distance to the Pole: 663 nmi
Total distance travelled: 79.6 nmi (10.7%)

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It’s Kev Johnson’s turn to leave today’s report. The guys have finally found their way out of crevasse country, lets hope they manage to avoid any further encounters, or if they do, let’s hope they have other fortuitous food supplies tucked away. Today’s distance wasn’t the team’s best, the relatively high temperatures would surely have made it hot work for the guys. Everyone at home wishes you only the perfect conditions, to help you ever onwards.

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LETTERS FROM HOME

It seems a fitting day to launch our new feature, Letters from Home, in which we give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, Wendi Langridge shares her thoughts:
 
“It has been 3 long years of preparation for my husband, my hero, who is finally embarking on his expedition, fulfilling his dreams. I write this as an honorary member of The South Pole Lonely Wives’ Club, due to Mark having already been on a solo expedition to The South Pole in 2008/2009. Mark knows that if it were not for the love and support of everyone at home, he would not be able to achieve this lifetime ambition. Mark has the most amazing willpower I have ever known – if only he could give some to me – and his determination and strength are truly admirable.”

 
“Since my return from Punta Arenas I have put all of my energy into raising money and gaining support for the lads. I felt such a part of it when they were preparing to leave Chile, it was very hard to leave. It can get lonely at times but our English Bull Terrier, Bullit, keeps me on my toes and he too misses his Daddy, although it is great being able to follow them on the website. On that note I would like to thank the sponsors, family, friends, and all the people out there who we do not know, for their continuing support, and of course thank you for all the donations.”
 

Wendi Langridge with Bullit the English Bull Terrier

Wendi Langridge with Bullit the English Bull Terrier

If you’re a family member or close friend, and would like to send your message out to all the readers, please do email Andrew Gough (webmaster) at info@scottamundsenrace.org.


INTERACTIVE MAP

Keep track of both teams with our interactive Google Earth map. Zoom in to see each day’s progress, with the position marked by pictures of team leaders Henry Worsley and Mark Langridge. Click on the icon to see that day’s sitrep in full.


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