Day 30: Clouds & Letters from Home

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We would all rather Lennie Browne was still out in the Antarctic, not least of all himself, but we should all be grateful that he was able to bring back some amazing images of the guys in Punta Arenas, Union Glacier and right up to their respective drop-off points. Enjoy!



Distance remaining: 401 nmi
Total distance travelled: 271 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd delivers a report jam packed with Team Amundsen news. It’s another great day in terms of distance covered – the guys clock up 16.2 nautical miles, just a fraction short of their personal best. This was thanks to favourable conditions towards the end of the day. 

It’s an eventful day for Henry and Lou as they come to realise that what they think is a cloud, is in fact something to bring a smile to their little faces and raise morale even further. The guys are really chuffed, Listen on!

Lou wraps up with a thanks to everyone so far who has made a donation and raised funds for the Scott-Amundsen Race and the Royal British Legion. We’re now at a wonderful £30,720 on the page, and it’s a tremendous boost for our guys out in the Antarctic. 

Please do continue to spread the word and direct friends, family, acquaintances to our Donate page, so we can raise as much money as possible for the Royal British Legion and the vital work they do for Britain’s Armed Forces.

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Distance to the Pole: 487 nmi
Total distance travelled: 263.8 nmi


Mark Langridge gives us today’s report for the Scott team, as they make steady progress towards the Beardmore Glacier, an important waypoint in their journey to the South Pole. It’s a wonder to hear that the chaps are but a handful (or two) of people to see the glacier since Scott 100 years ago.

Unfortunately, Mark’s report was cut-off halfway through due to a failed satellite link. We hope to restore normal service from the Scott team tomorrow.

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

“Ever since I have known Louis, he has always wanted to do things in the extreme. Even when we had our three children, Amy, Sophie and Luke, he encouraged them to push themselves that little bit further. So when Louis and the children started to participate in Enduro motocross I thought that would be it. But no, Louis’s dream since I first knew him was to walk to the South Pole. So when he mentioned that there was an expedition going and he was going to put his name forward, I was not surprised.”

“Unfortunately for Louis he was not picked and was put as reserve. I must admit, even though Louis was disappointed, I was secretly pleased. But eventually he was put on the Team and that was it, there were months of trawling ski/mountain shops buying various items he would need (and lots he wouldn’t). His training started by pulling heavy weights in a field near us for hours on end, our dog Bailey loved this part of the training. Then he was sent to Afghanistan for 5 months prior to leaving for the pole so his training was then pulling tyres round a camp in hot temperatures (people probably thought he was mad!!!). He then came home for a couple of weeks and then we were off to Punta Arenas. I went with Wendi (Mark’s wife) and it was great being involved in the build-up to them going and eating and drinking all the Chilean red wine!!!!!”

Lucy with children Amy, Sophie and Luke

Lucy with children Amy, Sophie and Luke

“Now back at home, I listen to their daily audios with immense pride in what they are doing, something which is so hard mentally and physically. I am always relieved when I know they have completed their day of walking and are safe and well.”

“We as a family are so proud of Louis and everything he, Henry, Mark, Vic and Kev are achieving; now we can’t wait for him to come home, as our family is not complete while he is away. Louis we love you and we are just so very proud of you.”

“Thank you to everyone who has donated, please continue to support them in this very worthy cause - Lucy Rudd”

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


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.


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