Daily Archives: December 17, 2011

Day 45: Not to Yield

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 271 nmi
Total distance travelled: 424.2 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

On Day 45 we hear from Henry Worsley, leader of the Amundsen team. It’s another day of double hauling up the Axel Heiberg glacier, and an ascent of 1,500ft. Temperatures are frighteningly low today at -30 degrees – the second lowest recorded by Henry and Lou so far.

Henry ends things with his take on those immortal lines from Ulysses, so often associated with Scott’s determined drive to the pole 100 years ago – “to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield”. No-one’s going to start calling the Worsleynator the next James Joyce (no offence, Henry), but his attempt certainly conjures up images of a hard, daily trudge, ever southward.

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 330 nmi
Total distance travelled: 430.2 nmi


The Scott team has one its toughest days yet, with massive crevasses and equipment problems. Mark explains that while their crampons are good, the decision not to bring the correct boots for them is making the climb up the Beardmore Glacier that little bit more trying.

A strange, copper-coloured silt is clearly causing Mark and Vic some concern, while Kev must be quite happy consuming the stuff. 

The wives won’t be at all happy when they hear about the first crevasse fall since either team entered their respective glaciers. Luckily, Kev was able to rescue himself, before Mark was able to put into action their well-rehearsed fall procedures.

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We give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, Tracey Ceaton, sister of Mark Langridge, shares her thoughts:

“I stood in the card shop with the festive music blaring out and I saw a card ‘To my Brother at Christmas’.  As I looked at the picture I was transported back to Christmas as a child with my brother Mark, exciting and happy memories of such a magical time. I bought the card and wrote a very personal message to Mark telling him exactly what it means to be his sister.”

“It’s a shame in life that not everyone ‘gets on’ with their siblings, well I am one of the lucky ones who does! I love my brother and I am in absolute awe of what he has and what he will continue to achieve in his life. I have never known anyone with more ‘gritted teeth’ determination than Mark. If you tell him it can’t be done he will prove you wrong!

“Each night I lie in bed and think of him and the other lads and exactly what they are putting themselves through (doesn’t always lead to a restful sleep).  I smile as I recall from the age of about 10 Mark continually saying ‘I am going to go to the South Pole one day’. ‘Yeah yeah’ I said and bet him my 10p pocket money that he wouldn’t. In January 2009 he completed his solo trip to the Pole…….. I gave him the 10p – he kept his word and I kept mine! Keep going Mark your family couldn’t be prouder!”

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.


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.