Day 72: Mother Nature Smiles & Letters from Home

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DONATE & WIN!

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

Team Amundsen has taken a well-deserved break from its audio reports for the time being. Do keep watching the website and newsletter from more messages from Henry.
 

SCOTT TEAM

Distance to the Pole (straight line): 63.6 nmi
Total distance travelled: 717.1 nmi

LISTEN TO THE AUDIO REPORT

In Association with the Royal British Legion

Kev Johnson reports for the Scott team on Day 72. Yet again they hit their daily distance of 15.6 nautical miles as Mother Nature continues to smile and look upon the chaps favourably. As long as the weather holds and their reduced rationing, that goes into effect in two days’ time, doesn’t hinder their efforts, they should make it to the Pole for the Scott Centenary. 

However, as Kev informs us, they’ll have to increase their distances by 0.2 nmi – it’s hard to know where they get their strength from. “Always a little further” – well said, Kev, we don’t doubt that at all.

Kev finishes his report with a big “thank you” to everyone who has donated so far. If you haven’t, or if you know someone who might like to, please do forward on this website and our newsletter, where you’ll find links to our Donate page. We’ve raised a great amount so far, but we’re still some way off the target, and everything goes to the Royal British Legion and the excellent, vital work it does for injured service men and women.

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SITREP

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LETTERS FROM HOME

We end our Letters from Home series with a special message from a much-loved member of the Langridge family, not to mention Mark’s other best friend – Bullit the dog!

Dear Daddy,

I cannot tell you how much I have missed you, taking me for walks and playing with my tugger. You will be pleased to hear, I am sure, that I got a plastic squeaky turkey in my Christmas stocking, although, as you will have guessed, the squeak went in about 15.6 seconds followed by the head and legs!

I have especially missed you over the festive period when you sing “The Christmas Songs” to me after a couple of real ales. Again, the house looked like Santa’s grotto as it does every year and Mama kept telling me off for pinching the baubles off the tree, she resorted to dressing me up, as you can see!

I have though been a VERY good boy and although I may be rather rotund (Uncle Kev) I am in no way obese, at least that’s what Murphy tells me!

I was glad to hear your voice when you called home and that you could hear my wiggle waggle tail. Not long now until you are home so in the meantime stay warm and think of me under “Mr Blanky”!

Your faithful dog,

Bullit

Letters from Home has now come to an end, but you can still leave your messages of support by visiting our Message Board.


REFLECTIONS

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


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.


View SACR in a larger map


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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Comments

  1. Wendi Langridge on January 14, 2012 at 10:55 am said:

    Mark called home this morning and total whiteout today so only 2nmi done! Lads aiming to walk 20 nmi (14 hrs) each day to get to the pole on the 17th! Currently at 89 degrees so 60 nmi to go. Everyone please pray the weather improves for Team Scott.

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