Daily Archives: December 7, 2011

Day 35: The Rookie

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Distance remaining: 323 nmi
Total distance travelled: 348.8 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Amundsen team leader Henry Worsley gives us a very windswept report, on Day 35. It’s one of Henry and Lou’s toughest days yet, battling consistent, southerly winds of up to 45mph. It certainly sounds like one of their most gruelling days, sliding “one ski in front of the other”. 

Henry thanks some of the race partners who supplied the guys with the contents of their daily grazing bags, including Cadbury, suppliers of chocolate and drinking chocolate not just to our chaps, but to Scott and Amundsen 100 years ago – what wonderful historical symmetry! Matt Willis of MuleBar Fuel for Adventure, who supplied the chaps with energy bars, gels and recovery bars, gets a special message of thanks. Finally, thanks go to the Dorset Flapjack Company and director Bruce Williams, for suppling (“you guessed it”) flapjacks! I’m sure we’re all feeling very hungry now! (You can see all the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race partners and their messages of support on our Partners page.)

Henry wraps up his report with the promised “rookie error” from “filthy apprentice” Lou. Poor Lou, he just can’t get away from Henry, no matter how hard he tries.

Finally, for all you eagle-eyed followers (and no, that’s not a reference to the Scott team’s feathered friends), the Amundsen team has now passed the halfway mark! Onwards!


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Distance remaining: 436 nmi*
Total distance travelled: 315.1 nmi*

* No progress today due to blizzard conditions


Mark Langridge cannot hide his disappointment in today’s report on Day 35, and understandably so. Terrible weather forced the guys to spend their third day tent bound, but with five allotted for the entire race they’re well within their contingency plans, which is excellent to hear.

Mark, Vic and Kev did brave the blizzard but fierce winds and poor visibility made travel in a straight line next to impossible.

Still, Mark takes the opportunity to thank friends Steve Gill, Julie, Marianne and Jane from the Hereford Garrison Welfare Office. Together they raised a truly wonderful £708 at the Wives’ Dinner night and Children’s Christmas Party. If you’re organising a fundraising event and would like to spread the word, please do email Andy the webmaster at info@scottamundsenrace.org, or, if you’d like to make a donation, please visit our Donate page for more details on how you can support the vital work of the Royal British Legion.

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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 info@scottamundsenrace.org.


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.