Day 27: “Two Intruders”

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AMUNDSEN TEAM

Distance remaining: 433 nmi
Total distance travelled: 238.4 nmi 

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In Association with the Royal British Legion

It’s another epic report from Henry Worsley today, leader of the Amundsen team. Henry and Lou encountered the wrath of the Great White South, as it sought to discourage two intruders from entering its depths by means of winds of up to a staggering 55mph.

Will we see Team Amundsen afflicted by the same conditions that so hampered the Scott team last week? Is this an abrupt end to Henry and Lou’s record-breaking streak? We certainly hope not, but let’s see tomorrow. If they do take the opportunity to have a rest day, it should be well deserved!

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MAP AND SITREP

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SCOTT TEAM

Distance to the Pole: 526 nmi
Total distance travelled: 224.8 nmi

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Day 27 and Mark and Kev have sore balls, but Vic’s going to sort that out so there’s nothing to worry about. Before you write in to complain, we are of course referring to the balls of their feet. You naughty-minded lot, you.

Mark gives us a lesson in latitude, longitude, bearings etc. There will be a test on this at the end, any reader that fails will have to tend to Mark and Kev’s feet when they return, and maybe wash Henry and Lou’s pants. You have been warned.

The Scott team report ends with thanks to EA Carey for supplying the tobacco that the guys are so enjoying. It’s a nice life, really!

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LETTERS FROM HOME

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…..”

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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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 JustGiving.com page. Enter the name of your school when donating, and email Andy the webmaster atinfo@scottamundsenrace.org 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.

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