Day 49: Lamb barbecues

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 240 nmi
Total distance travelled: 457.1 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

It’s a great day for Team Amundsen as they cross the 86th degree south, an occasion that they no doubt would have celebrated it with a nice drop of Chivas Regal, before ending the day on 12.5 nautical miles. Henry also takes the opportunity to thank major race sponsor Lion Trust, for all the generous support. Readers can see quotes, logos and links from all the race partners.

The terrible weather of yesterday has little improved, but loath to take another rest day, Henry and Lou set out into the complete “nothingness” of a 360 degree whiteout, harassed by snow crystals appearing as grains of sand. At least the surface was relatively kind to Team Amundsen, but the “worst is yet to come”, Henry says. We also glad to hear that the guys don’t have to resort to rationing their food just yet.

There’s belated birthday wishes for Rod Maclean, who recently invited Henry for a lamb barbecue. Yum! Can we all come?

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 305 nmi
Total distance travelled: 468.5 nmi


Team Scott set out with every intention of freeing themselves of the grip of Old Man Beardmore. SPLWC be warned – there are some pretty worrying crevasse stories here, but nothing the guys can’t handle. Mark, Kev and Vic, with all their training, take on the crevasses and come through with ease.

The harsh antarctic conditions are taking their toll on the equipment as Mark’s sledge decides it has finally had enough. Unfortunately, the guys aren’t able to repair it quickly, and rather than stay in one spot and freeze with the weather coming in, they decide to put up the tent and do a proper job of it. But at just 4.5 nautical miles, it’s a hard decision to have taken and clearly a frustrating one.

Kev finishes his report with a cheeky nod to Henry Adams and Will Gow, Henry’s team mates on the Shackleton Centenary Expedition in 2008, who trod the same route to the South Pole then as the guys do today.

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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!”

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. Wendi Langridge on December 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm said:

    Is hoping the end of old man Beardsmore is kind to our boys and Marks pulk!

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