Day 43: Top Ten Food Cravings!

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 271 nmi
Total distance travelled: 416 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Team Amundsen’s report for Day 43 is given by Henry Worsley, who describes a “beautiful, silent but cunning glacier”. Henry predicts another two days of climbing before they get to say good bye to the Axel Heiberg, and we hear about the distant rumblings of snow and ice falls. There’s even a little skiing for Henry and Lou!

Henry ends his report by wishing the Scott team well as they make their way up the Beardmore, a route Henry knows well from a previous expedition to the Pole. As for the debate on who had it hardest, we all look forward to it too!

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 346 nmi
Total distance travelled: 407.8 nmi


Vic Vicary gives us today’s report for the Scott team. It’s an eventful day as the guys continue up the Beardmore Glacier, with worsening conditions forcing regular kit changes. The Beardmore is proving troublesome with bad surfaces and obstacles in the form of large hillocks running across the width of the glacier – something encountered, and noted, by Scott 100 years ago.

Another treat, pop pickers! Brace yourselves. Vic answers a reader’s suggestion for his next Top Ten countdown – this time it’s food cravings! Let’s hope the welcome home party is taking notes. Bacon sarnies at the airport! Yum yum.

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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…”

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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. Keith & Ena on December 17, 2011 at 12:04 am said:

    Hi Lou, we come home from work every evening and go straight on the internet to see your report. We are so proud of you ! keep up the fantastic work. Love Keith & Ena

  2. Tracey Ceaton on December 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm said:

    Love the Scott Top ten’s – Mark’s “Spud D” relates to a competition we had one christmas to bake the best roastie – Mark’s spud entry was labelled “Spud D” in the blind tasting – sadly he had consumed too much Guinness prior to the roast off and decided to change his spud cooking technique at the last minute choosing to cut HUGE spuds and put tonnes of flour on them, his spuds were still hard and were coated in flour – his spud was placed last in the vote off and still remains a talking point though he still insists they were a taste sensation (not!)

  3. Wendi Langridge on December 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm said:

    Mark’s roast spuds are WF for being rubbish as Spud D came Last in the roast off – only those who were there will get that and yes I can confirm the only time Mark is allowed liver is when I am not there, cannot stand the look and smell of the stuff, never mind eating it! He even sends me pictures of it to my mobile phone!!! He has a nice Christmas Pud on his return though.

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