Day 42: Celebrating the Amundsen Centenary

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Roald Amundsen's The North West Passage: Being a Record of a Voyage of Exploration of the ship Gjøa, 1903-1907; Roald Amundsen. New York: Dutton, 1908. National Library of Canada

Roald Amundsen



Distance to the Pole (straight line): 273 nmi
Total distance travelled: 413.7 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd reports for the Amundsen team on Day 42, the 14th of December, a very significant day for all the guys as the world celebrates the 100-year anniversary of Amundsen reaching the South Pole. 

Henry and Lou are still some weeks away from reaching the pole themselves, but on such a momentous day, 95 degrees south and the achievement of the Norwegian in whose footsteps (or dog tracks, rather) they now tread (or climb, at the moment) is never far from their thoughts.

The guys are blessed with perfect weather on this centenary day, and we’re pleased to hear that they devoted a little time to some crevasse photography. Looking forward to seeing those holiday snaps! 

We hear about the “mother of all hills” and some gruelling climbing as the guys ascend over 1,000ft, and a possible world first as the guys tackle the Axel Heiberg completely unsupported.

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 354 nmi
Total distance travelled: 399.6 nmi


Mark Langridge reports again for the Scott team, on this, the Amundsen centenary day.

It’s a great day for Mark, Vic and Kev with perfect weather and scenery. The surface starts off great but some blue ice poking through prompts two of the guys to put on crampons rather than skis.

Mark finished his report with a hello to Year 5 at Sandcross School in Reigate, his old school in fact. What Mark must have look liked then, at that tender young age, we can only imagine…

Bless their little faces! Mark with his sister Tracey

Bless their little faces! Mark with his sister Tracey

Thanks go to Mark’s sister Tracey for this adorable picture (let’s hope as many of Mark’s army pals see it as possible). You can read Tracey’s Letter from Home this Friday!

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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. Jan Palmer on December 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm said:

    Great work Lou, we’re all following your reports and look forward to your commentary, looks like your making great progress. Jan, Kate and the kids.

    PS – Will keep Grandad upto speed with the daily updates.

  2. Keith & Ena on December 14, 2011 at 7:20 pm said:

    Well done again ! keep up the good work Lou & co

    Keith & Ena

  3. Tracey Ceaton on December 14, 2011 at 6:39 pm said:

    Ha – Mark’s face looks really “tricksy” in that photo and I look bored out of my brains! ahhhhhhh bless him though he will laugh when he knows that’s been on the website (I hope) – GO TEAM BLUM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Alison Varney and both staff and pupils at Our Lady's Abingdon on December 14, 2011 at 4:49 pm said:

    We finished our term with the Christmas Day 1911 extract from Scott’s diary, read by the Head at the end of the final assembly. At our end of term staff lunch today we, in true British magnanimous fashion, toasted Roald Amundsen and his team in getting to the Pole 100 years ago today. But, we shall carry on following Scott and our next diary extract reading will be the team’s arrival at the Pole on 17 January 1912. We also continue to follow the guys currently climbing the Axel Heiberg and the Beardmore Glaciers and I will update the school on their progress at the start of next term. Year 8 are hoping to arrange a “home clothes” day in January whereby everyone has to pay £1 to come into school dressed as a polar explorer with the money raised going to the Royal British Legion. An interesting prospect awaits!

    • Wendi Langridge on December 15, 2011 at 11:51 am said:

      Thank you Alison for letting us know what you have all been doing at Our Lady’s Abingdon – I will pass on to Mark the next time he calls home. Have a lovely Christmas.
      Best regards

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