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IN THE PRESS
Henry Worsley will be speaking to BBC London radio tomorrow morning at 8.35am UK. You can listen live by visiting the BBC iPlayer.
Distance to the Pole (straight line): 95 nmi
Total distance travelled: 685.8 nmi
LISTEN TO THE AUDIO REPORT
Vic Vicary reports for Team Scott on Day 70. It’s a poignant day as they reach Sir Ernest Shackleton’s farthest south point, at 88 degrees south, 23 minutes. We look forward to seeing the photographs of the remembrance.
(For more on the history of Shackleton, visit the Shackleton Foundation – of which Henry Worsley, descendant of Frank Worsley, is a founder and trustee. Also the Shackleton Centenary Expedition of 2008, Henry’s previous expedition to the South Pole.)
Team Scott coins a new Antarctic medical term – goggleitis – or an inflammation of the inside of the goggles due to ice. Sounds nasty. The treatment? A good scrape every now and again, accompanied by the odd unrepeatable from Mark, no doubt.
The day starts off sunny and bright, albeit very cold at around -34 degrees with the wind, but worsens in the afternoon with low cloud then a complete fog blanket. But, in the true spirit of Scott and Ulysses, our brave chaps do not yield and instead march on to hit their daily target of 15.6 nautical miles, yet completely unaware of it. Quite literally blind determination, and there’s much to be said for it! Well done, Vic, Mark and Kev, you’re doing us all proud.
A final word from Andy the webmaster (me) – the number of donations has surged in recent days, thanks to everyone who has dug deep! We still need more to reach our target, so please, do spread the word, forward this newsletter on. Donate via our JustGiving.com page and you could win tickets to the Welcome Home reception at Buckingham palace next month. The competition is now open to overseas participants.
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MAP & SITREP
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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?
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.”
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.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.