Day 63: The Hand of Man

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 67 nmi
Total distance travelled: 631.9 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Henry Worsley dedicates Day 63′s report to race sponsors Detica and Barrus for their generous support. The race for the Amundsen team really is entering its final stages – camped just 8 nautical miles from the 89th degree, representing the final 60 nautical miles to the Pole sitting at 90S. Morale is “sky high” as Henry and Lou close on their target, with a fantastic daily distance of 14.5 nautical miles, aided by the perfect conditions.

Henry compares the diaries of Amundsen and Scott on reaching the 89th degree 100 years ago, and ends his report with a a sign that the “hand of man” is nearby.

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 202 nmi
Total distance travelled: 577.2 nmi


Mark Langridge, leader of Team Scott, brings us more excellent news – 15.8 nautical miles, another record breaker! This is despite two long climbs and the frustration of frozen goggles. 

Mark gives us another rundown of their daily routine. It’s lovely to hear that they read each other bedtime stories from Scott’s diary. Mark gives us hope that they’ll reach the Pole on the 17th, the Centenary of Scott’s arrival there. If they keep up the high mileage and the weather holds out, it’s entirely possible!

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Part 3 – The Conclusion

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 3, Peter concludes his series of reflections.

“Our mission, dictated by the New Zealand Antarctic Division, was to produce an accurate topographic map (at a scale of 1:250,000) and to carry out a geological reconnaissance of the region as part of NZ’s Ross Dependency mapping programme.  To achieve this, leader Wally Herbert and I (as the surveyor) planned to establish extensive ground control (accurately located natural features) to provide the framework for us to map the detail from US oblique aerial photography once back in New Zealand. Geologist Vic McGregor was responsible for the geological mapping and rock collection and mountaineer and guide Kevin Pain was our field assistant – and my tent and sledging mate.  That was the theory, but then there was always the “Antarctic factor” which ensures that every physical, or even mental, endeavour is just that much harder to do there than anywhere else on earth thanks to the ever-present cold and the effort of even moving around in over-stuffed clothing or carrying out fiddly tasks wearing great furry mitts.”

From left to right: Vic McGregor (geologist), Peter Otway (surveyor), Kevin Pain (field assistant), Wally Herbert (leader)

From left to right: Vic McGregor (geologist), Peter Otway (surveyor), Kevin Pain (field assistant), Wally Herbert (leader). Click to enlarge

Click here to read Part 3 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 Henry’s children Max and Alicia:


“After my dad’s first trip to the pole, I didnt for a minute think that it would be his last! When Mark started coming round to the house a year ago, I was completely gripped and excited about their new expedition. On most weekends, the garden was scattered with equipment, the kitchen table covered in maps, and there were two Polar enthusiasts wandering around the house with faces of concentration and excitment.”

“All of the guys have put their whole hearts into this expedition and they all deserve the sense of achievement that they’ll receive – it must be an indescribable feeling for them when they all reach the pole after such a tough journey. The British Legion’s recovery centres for injured soldiers is the most incredible cause, and the boys intend to continue fundraising for this when they return to England which will be fantastic. I cant wait for them all to get back, and wish them the best of luck in the last stages of their journey.”

Henry's wife Joanna, with son Max and daughter Alicia

Henry's wife Joanna, with son Max and daughter Alicia



“I can never really understand what Daddy loves about being freezing cold, not sleeping in a cosy bed, not having proper food, and all the other endless things that come in the South Pole package! But the only thing I can do is support him, and trust me I do.”

“However much I miss him, my favourite part is seeing him at the airport with a long GREY beard, bringing him home and cooking him the first home cooked meal he’s had in a long time.”

“He is fulfilling his dream; showing everyone in the world that it can be done.  I reckon there are many people who are just sitting thinking about their dreams, but never get round to making them a reality because they have some silly excuse (like too much work)!  But Daddy has and however many more expeditions he’s going to do, I will support him with every single one.”

“How many people can say that their Dad has walked to the South Pole, not once but twice.  I think that there are more people that have stood on the moon than done this route across the Antarctic and it’s an amazing achievement.  I’m not going to lie, the only way you could make me go is in a plane of some sort, but that’s cheating…… maybe one day Mum and I could meet him there???”

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. Linda Waag on January 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm said:

    You guys are all amazing with the incredible speed and determination that you are all exhibiting. Truly you are my heroes of the present. Thank you for allowing us to join your
    epic adventure and thank you for being the ones to make the journey. Incredible!

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