Day 40: Onwards & Upwards

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Thanks go to Peter Otway for the image below. In 1962, Peter, an avid race follower, surveyed the area through which Henry and Lou are now passing. Pictured is Mount Don Pedro and the place where Amundsen camped 100 years ago, and Henry and Lou camped on Day 40 – it’s a priceless historical image for everyone who follows the race and we are eternally grateful to Peter for it! Expect to hear more from Peter in the coming weeks.

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Distance remaining: 274 nmi
Total distance travelled: 410.2 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

The Amundsen team report today comes from Lou Rudd. Day 40 starts off with brilliant sunshine and great weather, with a gentle wind and temperatures conducive to hauling. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the surface of the Axel Heiberg glacier, covered in deep, soft snow, through which it’s hard to pull a sledge.

The guys expect 6 nautical miles but manage an excellent 9, and an ascent of just over 1,000 feet. It sounds like a gruelling day when every footstep is tough work, and the worst is yet to come according to Lou! Look on the bright side, chaps, three words for you: buns of steel.

Lou ends his report with a message for his uncle Mark, who we’re sure has put his hand in his pocket (what a cheeky monkey Lou is). Still, if any of you haven’t yet donated, please do visit our Donate page and support where you can find out how to support the vital work of the Royal British Legion! Every donation large or small is greatly appreciated. 

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Distance remaining: 381 nmi
Total distance travelled: 374.1 nmi


Mount Hope gives the Scott team hope on Day 40 as they cross onto the Beardmore Glacier, a momentous occasion indeed! Vic describes the glacier wonderfully, as a 10-mile wide expanse, covered in deep snow and surrounded by mountainous terrain. 

We’re glad to hear that the guys will remain “roped up” as they traverse the crevasse fields of the glacier and ascend almost 900 feet to today’s finishing point. 

As the guys end phase one of their journey and say good bye to the Ross Ice Shelf, Vic takes the opportunity to reflect on the past 40 days. There have been some truly great, poignant moments as the guys begin to understand the experiences and sacrifices of Scott 100 years ago. 

To finish off, we hear about the guys’ general condition. As is to be expected, it’s beards and smelly pants all round!

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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.


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