Day 26: “Mother Antarctica”

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Distance remaining: 444 nmi
Total distance travelled: 226.4 nmi



In Association with the Royal British Legion

Team Amundsen’s report today comes from Lou Rudd, who shares with us his superstitious relationship with “Mother Antarctica” and the “big white freezer”. Lou’s prayers appear to have been answered with a day of perfect conditions – blue sky, little cloud and an ideal surface – all of which helped them on to yet another personal best of 15.5 nautical miles! 

For the statisticians out there, this is the fourth day in a row that Team Amundsen has either matched or exceeded a personal best, an incredible achievement!

We also hear about the marvel that is Antarctic acclimatisation, achieved to the point where the guys now consider 0 degrees centigrade “uncomfortable and too warm”, and Lou ends his report with some personal messages to friends, including neighbours Keith and Ena, John Spencer and Paul Massey, all avid supporters and message-of-support leavers.

The day ends with a heartwarming tale of friendship, support and sympathy in the Amundsen tent, all summed up in just one, touching word from Henry – “mong”. Lovely!

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Distance to the Pole: 538 nmi
Total distance travelled: 212.5 nmi

Unfortunately, today’s report from the Scott team as delivered by Kev Johnson was cut short due to a failure in the satellite link from the Antarctic. However, all is well as Kev was able to relay their daily sit rep data including a daily distance of 11.2 nautical miles. Kev reported that the weather was generally very good, with little wind and temperatures of -9 degrees (-18 wind chill).


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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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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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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.



  1. Keith & Ena on November 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm said:

    Every evening we come home, laptop on and click on your link !! Keith has a small ( ha ha !!) glass of red and wishes you good health and lots more miles under your belt !! Keep up the good work !! Lots of Love Ena

  2. Wendi Langridge on November 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm said:

    Yes and the Scott Team have a much longer journey so no real DISADVANTAGE and Amundsen pulks weigh lighter than theirs according to Mark’s message left on Saturday’s audio! The competition is obviously hotting up!!!

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