Day 67: Will History Repeat?

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 12 nmi
Total distance travelled: 688.2 nmi


In Association with the Royal British Legion

Day 67 and it’s likely to be Team Amundsen’s last before they reach the pole. As team leader Henry Worsley reports, their day’s total of 14.1 nautical miles puts them just 12 miles from their ultimate goal – easily one day’s march. But let’s not tempt fate too much. Back to today… 

Henry dedicates today’s report to Savile Row tailors Gieves & Hawkes and CEO John Durnin, for their long and loyal support, and the Union flag which the Scott team are carrying, and which we’ll no doubt see much of in the pictures and videos they bring back.

Henry ends his report with a reading not from Amundsen’s diary, but from team mate Olav Bjaaland. Will history be repeated?

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Distance to the Pole (straight line): 140 nmi
Total distance travelled: 639.2 nmi


Vic Vicary reports for Team Scott today. What began as an overcast day with “tropical” temperatures (a little irony there from the Vicster), turned bright and sunny in the afternoon as the clouds cleared. It was a pleasant march today, we’re glad to hear, ending in an excellent 15.7 nautical miles, one of their best distances. If they can keep this up, they’ll stand an excellent chance of making it to the pole on the 17th – we’ll keep our fingers crossed, Vic, and toes, and arms, and everything really.

We hear about “illusional hills”, snow pockets and, thankfully, no dramas. Vic ends his report with thanks to “Sharon the tailoress” and Neil Francombe from 5.11. 

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We give voice to the loved ones of our intrepid adventurers. This week, it’s the turn if Mark’s bestfriend Breff McGovern:

Anyone who has perused the vision page of Marks website from his previous expedition, Solo, will have read Mark’s account of how he was inspired to follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and his gallant companions. However, he doesn’t mention the fact that I was right by his side.

Sadly for me, whilst Mark read of Scott’s adventures that would eventually see him walking literally in Scott’s footsteps, I was busily defacing the bumper sports book 1977 with my not indistinctive handwriting.

Where would my life have taken me had I been similarly inspired? How was I caught?

John, Breff and Mark enjoy a beer and a cigar. Mark fell asleep shortly after. Click to enlarge

John, Breff and Mark enjoy a beer and a cigar. Mark fell asleep shortly after. Click to enlarge

I first met Mark at school where we both found ourselves sitting at the same desk slap bang in front of the teacher – this was the one for pupils that work well under close supervision. We hit it off immediately and for the rest of our school days our reports would be eerily similar. Mine read ‘’Breffne is a bad influence on Mark’’. Marks read ‘’Mark is a bad influence on Breffne”.

Sorry Ken and Kathy I know we must have driven you insane. Luckily, you’re only aware of a very small proportion of what we got up to!

As well as a lifelong interest in being naughty we also had a shared interest in everything Para and via the Army cadets we found ourselves in the Army.

Now a rather scary 30 or so years since we first met and Mark is about to achieve his boyhood dream. I’m not surprised. He is the most single minded, determined individual you will ever meet.

I look forward to having a beer and one of his cigars when He gets home. I am proud to be his friend.


P.S You owe me a tenner

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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


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. Lucy Rudd on January 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm said:

    Louis and Henry tomorrow weather permitting you will arrive at the South Pole after such a long and hard journey. Words cannot describe how proud I am that Louis you have fulfilled your dream of walking to the South Pole. We now cant wait to see you when you come home, you have been missed so much.
    Love Lucy and the Rudd critters x

  2. Keith & Ena on January 8, 2012 at 5:09 pm said:

    Nearly there Lou ! Well done
    Champagne on ice ready for you

  3. Niko Sikkes on January 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm said:


  4. Tracey Ceaton on January 8, 2012 at 12:12 pm said:

    Not far now Henry and Lou – just fantastic! Well done to you both!!

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