Day 57: Slow and Steady

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Firstly, Mark Langridge spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live yesterday morning! You can listen to the interview again by visiting


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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 131 nmi
Total distance travelled: 568.1 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Henry Worsley gives us Day 57′s report for the Amundsen team. Henry dedicates his report to two strong supporters of the race – including Kellogg Browne & Root (KBR) and JCB (find links to our sponsors on our Partners page). Do listen to hear his sentiments in full, and the individuals at those companies that deserve the most thanks.

It was a notably difficult day for the guys, with a light snowfall the night before spoiling an otherwise excellent surface. A direct head wind slowed progress a little, but the -44 degree wind chill temperatures seem to be causing the most trouble. The guys end their day on 13.2 nautical miles and an ascent of around 200 feet.

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Maps and sitreps are currently unavailable due to a technical problem. We are working hard to restore this feature, and hope to get it back online later today.


Distance to the Pole (straight line): 272 nmi
Total distance travelled: 505.9 nmi


The Scott team report comes from Mark Langridge today, and what a climb they’ve had! The guys have escaped the crevasses, more or less, but Old Man Beardmore didn’t give up without a fight and an unrelenting climb of around 1,800 feet. The guys end their day on 10 nautical miles, mainly due to the steep ascent.

Mark reviews progress so far, and whether they’re likely to reach the pole by a certain special date.

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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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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.


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