Day 41: A Rewarding Day

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AMUNDSEN TEAM

Distance to the Pole (straight line): 274 nmi
Total distance travelled: 412.7 nmi

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In Association with the Royal British Legion

Amundsen team leader Henry Worsley dedicates Day 41′s report to two inspiring men.  

The first, Peter Otway, travelled through the area where Henry and Lou are now as part of a geological survey in 1961/62, alongside Sir Walter “Wally” Herbert. Peter was kind enough to give us some wonderful photographs of the area, the first of which you will have all seen in yesterday’s newsletter and on the website.

Henry also dedicates his message to eminent glaciologist Dr Charles Swithinbank, honorary president of the Antarctican Society, an invaluable source of guidance and advice in the planning of this expedition.

We hear about some arduous going as Henry and Lou “storm the ramparts” to ascend 1,171ft by means of “double pulling” (where both men pull one sledge together). Morale however is clearly high as the guys dub it their “most rewarding day yet”.

The view must be incredible, camped by 500ft away from dramatic, frozen ice falls. Thanks to Peter, we get a precious snapshot of Henry and Lou’s views at the end of Day 41.

Peter: "Looking down on Day 40's campsite, at the foot of the near slope on extreme right of the photo - well clear of the crevasses!"

Peter: "Looking down on Day 40's campsite, at the foot of the near slope on extreme right of the photo - well clear of the crevasses!"

Peter: "Part of the route they (Henry & Lou) would have covered today. In it, we are relaying - returning with empty sledges up the hill to collect the load we had to jettison when the sledges bogged down"

Peter: "Part of the route they (Henry & Lou) would have covered today. In it, we are relaying - returning with empty sledges up the hill to collect the load we had to jettison when the sledges bogged down"

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MAP AND SITREP

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SCOTT TEAM

Distance to the Pole (straight line): 368 nmi
Total distance travelled: 385.6 nmi

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Mark Langridge gives his report with Mt Kyffin in view, the last known resting place of Petty Officer Edgar Evans, a member of Scott’s return party from the South Pole. Near to where the guys camped on Day 41, Evans collapsed having suffered mentally and physically from a series of misfortunes. Mark, Vic and Kev will pay their respects with a little rum and a small service in honour of Evans.

Mark gives us further insights into tackling the Beardmore Glacier. Thick snow sounds like it might make sledging difficult, but as we hear, it actually makes the going more even. We’re glad to hear the that the rope connecting them together – a safety precaution in case one of them falls down a crevasse – isn’t proving bothersome. Stay safe, guys!

The sun proves “absolutely horrendous” today, with temperatures as warm as +2 degrees. Hauling in their thin black tops, they could “fry on egg” on their backs – dream on Mark, you’ll be telling us about sausages and bacon next.

Eagled-eye readers will have noticed that the Scott team has now passed the halfway mark! Onward to the Pole, chaps!

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LETTERS FROM HOME

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.


INTERACTIVE MAP

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.

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  1. Keith & Ena on December 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm said:

    Well done Amundsen team ! Onwards and upwards now !!
    Lou that indian curry is getting nearer !! and a case of red wine is ordered. Regards Keith & Ena x

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