Day 38: Caution is Key

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Distance remaining: 281 nmi
Total distance travelled: 392.4 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd gives us today’s report from the Amundsen team. After a good night’s sleep in the shadow of Mount Betty, the guys wake up to flat light and generally poor conditions for navigating. However, with only 10 nautical miles until the start of the Axel Heiberg Glacier, the chaps set out hungry to start their ascent to the polar plateau. 

It’s a great day for the guys as they enter the glacier that will take them 9,000 feet upwards in just 5 days. We’re sure to be blessed with some exciting reports in the days to come!

We’re also glad to hear that Henry and Lou are being cautious around the crevasses. With the poor visibility and a rather large crevasse ahead, the guys choose to call it a day and tackle it tomorrow when the light improves. Slow and steady, chaps, and above all, stay safe!

Lou ends his report with a special message for his father and grandfather.

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Distance remaining: 397 nmi
Total distance travelled: 352.9 nmi


The Scott team report today comes from Mark Langridge. The day starts with grey weather and little of any significance on the horizon. We hear about corrugated snow rifts, and a rather startling noise “like a mortar going off”. 

However, the guys are given plenty to look at when they sight “The Gateway”, a snow-filled pass between Cape Allen and Mount Hope at the North-East extremity of Queen Alexandra Range, that will give the guys passage off the Ross Ice Shelf and on to the Beardmore Glacier.

Mark wraps things up with a sporting message of good luck for Henry and Lou, as he correctly calculates their position on (or near to) the Beardmore Glacier.

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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


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. Lucy Rudd on December 10, 2011 at 10:39 pm said:

    Lou and Henry keep safe on the climb up the Axel Heiberg Glacier. Thinking of you both.
    Love Lucy x

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