Day 34: Bird Spotting

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Mark Langridge spoke to BFBS Radio again yesterday morning. You can listen to the interview again by visiting

Here’s an interesting article on the Antarctic. Scientists have successfully produced the most detailed picture of the Antarctic continents rock bed. Visit to read all about it.


Distance remaining: 339 nmi
Total distance travelled: 333.2 nmi



In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd of Team Amundsen gives us Day 34′s report, and unfortunately it’s a disappointing one for the chaps. Mother Nature decided to put a stop to the ever-increasing momentum that Henry and Lou have built up this past week, with fierce wind and equipment-crippling spin drift.

Even so, not ones to let a little wind and snow stand in their way, the guys still clock a respectable 11.4 nautical miles, although it’s “slightly disappointing” by Lou’s own admission. You chaps really are too hard on yourselves! Despite the disappointment, they’re still on track to cross a degree (60 nautical miles) in four days, so morale remains high.

Lou ends his report by allaying our fears for Henry’s well-being since the report came through of his missing front tooth. What a picture he paints for us, one can only imagine what they look (and smell) like.


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Distance remaining: 436 nmi
Total distance travelled: 315.1 nmi


The Scott team report comes from Vic Vicary today. It’s a great day for Mark, Vic and Kev as they shave 14.1 nautical miles off their remaining distance, their best day of marching yet. The guys spot another bird in what could only be a good omen. If there are any bird spotters out there, please do help us identify the bird by Vic’s description: “Tall, blonde and leggy”. Not really! “Quite large, looked like a swallow, with a white bit on the end of its tail”.

Apart from that, Vic reports that they’ve lengthened their days a little to get more miles in, and the tactic seems to be paying off as they increase their daily distances. The guys are making great progress towards the Beardmore Glacier, which we hear a little more about from Vic. We’re glad to hear that they have all the equipment they need to stay safe when tackling those crevasses. 

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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. As long as they see it as a good sign, any bird will do! Well done lads!

  2. Wendi Langridge on December 6, 2011 at 12:01 pm said:

    I think the bird they saw is an Antarctic Tern as these are very swallow like and this bird is the logo of the Travel firm Discover The World for whom I used to work.

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