Day 36: The Ungrateful Bunch

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Distance remaining: 308 nmi
Total distance travelled: 365.1 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd gives us the Team Amundsen update for Day 36. The bad weather of yesterday has abated, thankfully, making the going much easier for Henry and Lou and allowing them to pick up the pace again. The chaps end their eight-hour march on 16.3 nautical miles, not too shabby!

Lou’s clearly missing female company as he compares a distant mountain range to “Jennifer Lopez sunbathing”. Don’t worry, Lou, we’re sure Henry will give you a cuddle if you ask nicely and don’t mind the missing tooth too much. 

Tomorrow will be a great day for the guys as they look forward to crossing the 85south line, and coming off the end of the Ross Ice Shelf and into the area of Mount Betty and the Axel Heiberg Glacier. We’re all looking forward to tomorrow’s broadcast! 

Poor Lennie gets a bit of a roasting for his music taste. He thought he’d be doing the guys a favour by leaving his iPod with them – what an ungrateful bunch. Don’t worry, Lennie, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of Sinéad O’Connor.

Lou ends his report by taking the moral high ground and not giving away too many of Henry’s rookie-like polar faux pas. Let’s not say anything too much about it, other than “toothbrush”?! These are the kinds of bonds that last a lifetime. It’s sweet, really.


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Distance remaining: 425 nmi
Total distance travelled: 325.9 nmi


The Scot team report for Day 36 comes from Kev Johnson, and thankfully, yesterday’s terrible weather eased off enough for them to make some headway, though it was still tough going due to some high winds.

It really does sound like a slog for Mark, Vic and Kev, as the surface proved “wretched” in Scott’s own words. It was a situation made worse by Vic’s “magical mystery tour” – only teasing, Vic, just you keep an eye on that compass. 

Kev promises us another Top Ten from Vic tomorrow, plus some music from Mark – something to look forward to then!

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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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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. Lucy Rudd on December 8, 2011 at 8:59 pm said:

    What is it with all the birds in the Antartic, if it’s not the feathery kind it’s the Latino kind.
    Louis you are in for a talking to when you get home Jennifer Lopez sunbathing indeed!!

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