Day 48: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Antarctic Explorer

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 252 nmi
Total distance travelled: 444.6 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Team Amundsen take a rest day on Day 48, and aren’t we all glad to hear it after yesterday’s report – a day of rest should help them acclimatise to the high altitude, and of course rest their aching bones. 

The decision to take a rest day is never an easy one, but as Lou points out it was certainly the sensible thing to do, given the foul weather conditions. Lou takes the opportunity to further sharpen his tailoring stills by modifying his long johns and pants to stop them from falling down all the time. Steady now, ladies. 

Lou ends his report with a few thank you messages to his mother and other family members. No vodka red bulls? We’re all dying to know what happened last time?! Probably best not to ask.

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 307 nmi
Total distance travelled: 464 nmi


Team Scott are at the top of the Beardmore Glacier (or thereabouts), but still in the midst of all those crevasses. Mark displays his own talent for understatement by calling it all “exciting times”, with legs down crevasses and all sorts. Mark puts our minds at rest though – we can be confident that the guys know their safety procedures back to front and can overcome any challenge. Come on, boys, show Old Man Beardmore what’s for!

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Part 1: ‘Shanks’ Pony vs. Shaggy Dogs’

A series of reflections on Antarctic travels past and present, by Peter Otway. In the early 1960s, Peter surveyed much of the areas through which our teams are now passing. In this, Part 1, Peter compares the use of dogs with manhauling.

“As I have followed Teams Scott and Amundsen on their long slog across the featureless Ross Ice Shelf and now, heaving their way up two very different but equally treacherous glaciers leading to the South Pole, it has taken me back half a century to the days I was in a team exploring and mapping much of the same terrain as part of the New Zealand geological and survey mapping programme with Brit Wally Herbert as our experienced and inspirational leader. Perhaps more than most, I have felt their highs and lows as they battle every obstacle and hardship the Antarctic can throw in their path, and their dogged determination to achieve their goal whatever the odds.”

Click here to read Part 1 of Peter Otway’s Reflections in full


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!”

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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. Tyrone Urch on December 21, 2011 at 10:03 am said:

    Dear Henry,

    It’s been a while since we saw each other at Northwood and at your London launch, but I wanted to check ‘you were ok’ … although the guys in the OCR and Gus’ Mob think I’m being a bit weak. You will be pleased to know that we have been briefing your progress each Friday to CJO and the PJHQ staff at the Ops Update – in terms of ‘J3 Air Time’ you are now on a par with operations in Afghanistan, Libya, the Middle East and the Rest of the World! I’ve been following your web site with avid interest with a sense of awe and jealousy in many ways, but also glad that I leave the race in good hands as I turn to a glass of Gluewein and mince pie – sorry! You wrote in my book – “What is your Antarctica”? When I see you safely back, I’ll let you know. The conditions sound horrendous but you appear to be making good progress, so well done, despite the altitude, wind chill and tough going. PJHQ has just broken up for a spot of leave, it has been a painful year of operations worldwide as you know, are thoughts are with you all. Take care.

    Tyrone et al.

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