Day 54: “Two Fat Ladies”

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 173 nmi
Total distance travelled: 525.4 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Lou Rudd reports for Team Amundsen on Day 54, this Boxing Day. Lou is amazed by the changeable weather of the Antarctic – from blizzard and white out to absolutely glorious sunshine and clear skies. It’s the latter that the guys are blessed with today. But as Mother Antarctica gives with one hand, so she takes away with another – listen on, readers! 

Even better, with a day’s distance of 14.4 nautical miles, Henry and Lou have smashed through the 87th degree and have an excellent 7 nmi “in the bag” on their way to the 88th, or “two fat ladies” – Lou gives away his love of bingo, perhaps? We also hear about the Amundsen team Christmas celebrations, and the familiarity of solitude.

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 300 nmi
Total distance travelled: 475 nmi


Team Scott makes a run for it as the weather finally clears! In a bid to escape from the crevasse fields and chasms all around them, the guys make a hasty getaway in the morning, without stopping for breakfast even (and we all know how important food is to our pork scratching, liver and onion and bacon sarnie loving chaps).

The guys end their day early on 6 nautical miles, wonderful progress having been tentbound and on reduced rations for the best part of a week and Mark is clearly in good spirits. It’s great to hear!

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Part 2

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.

“Our 3-month survey of the Beardmore-Axel Heiberg region, although typical of the NZ geological and Survey expeditions in the early 1960s, was unique in some respects, covering a larger area than usual (21,000 sq miles) and involving living on the Polar Plateau at 8,000 to 11,000 feet. Best of all from my own perspective, our 4-man team had the privilege of exploring and mapping the areas made famous by Shackleton, Scott, Amundsen and Byrd. The plan devised by our leader, Wally Herbert, was to be landed (by a US Navy DC3) at the head of the Mill Glacier, flowing into the upper Beardmore. How cushy compared to Team Scott’s 7 week slog across the ice shelf and up the glacier! We would then work our way eastward around the edge of the plateau to the Axel Heiberg, setting up our survey stations on high peaks with commanding views over wide expanses of nunataks, mountains and glaciers, all the way down to the Ross Ice Shelf to 60 miles to the north.”

Click here to read Part 2 of Peter Otway’s Reflections in full


We give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, it’s the turn if Mark’s father Ken and his wife Jude:

Hi Mark,

We are sitting here on the Costa Blanca thinking of you in the Big White of Antarctica as you steadily make your way into history. I am not surprised that you should choose such an amazingly difficult challenge as to literally follow in Scott`s footsteps. I recognised your rugged determination when you were a small boy at St Lukes (now Sandcross) Junior School in Reigate. To say that we are proud of you is an understatement. You are an inspiration to many.

You will try to finish first I know, but first just try to finish.

With all our love and admiration

Dad and Judy xxx

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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. Kevin Dempsey, Dublin, Ireland on December 26, 2011 at 6:34 pm said:

    Fantastic effort by both teams…… is truly inspiring.
    God speed you all.
    Kevin Dempsey, Dublin, Ireland

  2. Keith & Ena on December 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm said:

    Well done ! keith & Ena xx

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