Daily Archives: December 9, 2011

Day 37: Mount Betty & Letters from Home

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Distance remaining: 294 nmi
Total distance travelled: 379.3 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Henry Worsley dedicates Day 37′s Amundsen team report to Mike Gooley and Tristan Gooley from Trailfinders, one of the expedition’s major sponsors.

Henry and Lou set out this morning to cross the 85th degree south and reach Mount Betty and catch glimpse of the Axel Heiberg glacier, and “boy”, was it hot work on a day of positively saharan temperatures by Antarctic standards – a sweltering 2 degrees celsius with no wind whatsoever!

We hear about Henry’s sightseeing trip to Mount Betty, named by Amundsen himself after his nanny and atop which sits a cairn with one of the last remnants of the heroic Norwegian’s expedition – an old fuel can. Having spent rather a lot longer getting there than he expected, Henry found the relic nestled among rocks – we can only imagine the feeling of finding it, what a moment it must have been! Thank you for describing it so well, Henry. 

Henry returns to camp to find Lou readying himself for a rescue effort, his moment of glory and ultimate bragging rights. Let’s all hope that opportunity never arises, sorry Lou!

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Due to a temporary technical problem, today’s Prezi map can only be viewed by clicking here. We hope to provide you with tomorrow’s Prezi as normal. The sitrep data is below:

  • Date/time: December 9th, 23:00
  • Co-ordinates: 85S6’56″ 163W7’32″
  • Wind: Nil
  • Temperature: 2°c
  • Altitude: 791ft
  • Daily distance travelled: 14.2 nmi
  • Total distance travelled: 379.3 nmi
  • Distance to the Pole: 294 nmi
  • Weather: Very hot, low cloud, ok visibility


Distance remaining: 411 nmi
Total distance travelled: 339.3 nmi


Today’s Scott team report comes from Vic Vicary. The weather is much improved, and there’s even a little sun, which is excellent news as it means the guys could get on their merry way and end the day on an excellent 13.4 nautical miles.

Vic does his very best Smashey and Nicey impression once again, this time, it’s the Scott team’s Top Ten ailments! There just really is too much to write about in this report, all we can recommend is that you listen in amazement. Great job, Vic, what’s next? Top Ten shades of snow?

If you’ve got a suggestion for a Top Ten, leave a comment below and we’ll pass the best on to the guys!

Vic wraps up his report with a few thank you messages, and a special thought for all the American listeners in memory of Pearl Harbour, 70 years ago. It’s a reminder to all of the sacrifices of servicemen across the world, and why Mark, Vic, Kev, Henry and Lou are in the Antarctic – to raise money for the Royal British Legion. Please, please spread the word and donate – forward this newsletter on to anyone who you think might be interested, it’s such a worthy cause.

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

“About two years ago Paul (=Vic) came home telling me about someone at work planning an Antarctic expedition. He voiced his interest but doubted that he would be able to go due to work commitments and a high number of people also being interested. As the number of applicants had apparently been so high, I wasn’t really expecting his name to be drawn out of the hat. I have to admit that it came as a little bit of shock to me.”

“Within a few weeks our spare guest room turned into the ‘South Pole’ room, stuffed with woollen socks, mittens, big fluffy sleeping bags, jackets, bags and all sorts of snacks (tons of chocolate, nuts, pork scratching of course…).  The amount of preparation that has gone into this expedition is immense and all participants have put their heart and soul into this.”

“Paul worked very hard over the past year. He fully committed himself to the expedition, put in hours of training and even installed a cross trainer in the garage that is now consuming the entire dog’s run-around space… At the same time work commitments and extra studies requested his full attention, but he still managed to participate in quality time at home and walking the dog to “make up” for 3.5 months absence.”

“Time is never right it seemed to us, so we finally decided to start a family. In September we were able to share our exciting news with everyone.  This child will be a true expedition baby, hopefully inheriting his/her father’s adventurous mind. It’s not been a very easy ride at times with all the emotions and changes a woman’s body encounters during pregnancy and the worry about the men’s well-being, but I have had the great support of my family, friends and colleagues. I also made some great new friends – my fellow ‘sufferers’ Wendi, Joanna, Lucy and Hannah. Thank you everyone for being there!”

“I am very proud of my husband and all his achievements, like his companions, he doesn’t do things by half and I feel that this may not be his last adventure…”

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.