Day 32: Fresh Bread

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Distance remaining: 368 nmi
Total distance travelled: 304.4 nmi



In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd provides us with Day 32′s report for the Amundsen team, on a day that proved a “mixed bag” in terms of weather encountered. The day starts with snow, but it doesn’t last long, giving way to a glorious day of clear skies and sun. The excellent conditions in the latter part of the day all help Team Amundsen on to yet another record breaker – 17.1 nautical miles! 

The guys are spot on target to cross a degree (60 nautical miles) in 4 days, which is pretty excellent going. Should all be well tomorrow, Henry and Lou will cross the 84th degree south, just 7 nautical miles away. Let’s hope good the weather holds out until tomorrow, they should also be able to take a good chunk out of 84S on the way to 85. 

There’s more talk of approaching mountains, though nothing on their path to the pole as yet. The transantarctic mountains are still 70 nautical miles away, or a few days march.

Lou gives us a pretty in-depth rundown of their daily routine. It’s nice to hear that Henry’s keeping up appearances, even in the depths of the Antarctic! Half man, half mirror, and like something out of Steptoe? What do the Amundsen team get up to. Dreaming of fresh bread, it seems. Listen on!


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Distance to the Pole: 463 nmi
Total distance travelled: 288.1 nmi


Today’s Scott team report comes from leader Mark Langridge, who tells us about their daily snacks. It sound delicious, quite frankly, the guys are able to scoff large amounts of chocolates, nuts and flapjacks, free from guilt as they must take in 6,000 calories per day.

We hear about a “very surreal moment” for everyone, as they find a new friend in the white wilderness. It’s a magical moment, be sure to listen to the audio report!

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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”

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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. Wendi Langridge on December 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm said:

    How strange Mark mentions Taff Evans today (4th Dec) when I had a phone call the other night from our lovely pal Jinks The Welsh Copper to tell me all about some functions going on in February regarding The Great Man himself and could we go!

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