Day 55: Wise Words

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COMPETITION!

Win tickets for you and a guest to the Race to the Pole Welcome Home Reception at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace on the 16th of February 2012! All you have to do is make a donation via the JustGiving.com page to enter our prize draw. There are two tickets (plus a guest each) up for grabs – the winners will be announced on January 20th 2012.


 

AMUNDSEN TEAM

Distance to the Pole (straight line): 159 nmi
Total distance travelled: 539.6 nmi

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In Association with the Royal British Legion

The temperature in the Antarctic can go seemingly from the sublime to the ridiculous, in a matter of hours. Yesterday’s tropical temperatures of -2 degrees drop to a frighteningly cold -30 degrees today, but on the plus side, the result is a hardened surface that’s better for manhauling. The guys end their day on 14.2 nautical miles.

Henry reflects on the different accounts of Scott and Amundsen 100 years ago, and ends his report with some wise words from Lou.

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MAP & SITREP

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SCOTT TEAM

Distance to the Pole (straight line): 290 nmi
Total distance travelled: 486.7 nmi

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The Scott team are back on skis and making excellent progress once again (11.8 nautical miles today), but they’re not free of the crevasses just yet. More are likely to be encountered, a warning from a century ago that they have wisely chosen to heed. Old Man Beardmore continues to play his little tricks on the guys, but he’ll have to try harder than that to get one over on Mark, Vic and Kev.

Vic looks back on Stage 2 of the journey – the 14 days spent on the Beardmore glacier. Now, the final stage is all that stands between them and the South Pole.

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REFLECTIONS

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.”

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LETTERS FROM HOME

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

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.


INTERACTIVE MAP

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.

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