Day 39: Tackling the Glacier

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Distance remaining: 276 nmi
Total distance travelled: 401.2 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Henry Worsley gives us today’s report from the Amundsen team. There’s a distinct difference in today’s report as the guys enter a new stage of their race to the pole. Henry gives us a dramatic description of the glacial surroundings, with striking rock faces and daunting crevasses.

The deep snow atop the glacial stream makes the going very tough made worse by the steep ascent from 980 feet above sea level to a heady 2,309. Despite this, the guys manage 8.8 nautical miles, and while the disappointment is clear in Henry’s voice, I’m sure we’ll all agree that it’s excellent going. 

Henry, with fresh, first-hand perspective, ends his report by marvelling at the way Amundsen dealt with the glacier.

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Distance remaining: 388 nmi
Total distance travelled: 362.8 nmi


The Scott team report today comes from Kev Johnson. It sounds like a frustrating day as the guys have to double back on themselves a few times due to some scary-sounding rifts. 

With Mount Hope to the left of their camp, and three “giant, granite buttresses” (Scott’s words) to the right, Kev paints us a dramatic picture of the Antarctic landscape as they near their glacier. They’ll soon wave “good bye” to the featureless expanse of the Ross Ice Shelf, and hello to the Beardmore Glacier for their ascent to the polar plateau. 

All going well, tomorrow’s Scott team report will come from the Beardmore Glacier, and not before too long either. Well done, chaps, keep it up!

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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. Hilary and Brian on December 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm said:

    Hi Kev and the team. Great audio report tonight. I can hear the excitement in your voice. You are all doing so well and we are all so proud of you. Time is racing by!!! You should all be so proud of yourselves. Hannah and the girls have been staying for a few days. They all send their love. God Bless and keep safe. Love you lots. Hills and Brian

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