The Scott Amundsen Centenary Race

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From 04.11.2011 - Status: success

Two teams on the two famous itineraries

Two teams on the two famous itineraries

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The Scott Amundsen Centenary Race is a charity expedition which aims to commemorate Scott and Amundsen's historic voyage to the South Pole 100 years ago.

Two teams are forming this expedition : one (led by Henry Worsley and composed by two members team, Lennie Browne and Lou Rudd) is due to take the Amundsen Route, departing from the Bay of Whales and climbing to the plateau through the Axel Heiberg glacier, just like the Norwegien explorer did it a hundred years ago. The second (led by Mark Langridge and composed by an other two members team, Vic Vicary and Kev Johnson), departing from Scott's Hut and going through the Beardmore glacier, just like Robert Falcon Scott did it a hundred years ago also.

From the press dossier :'... Amundsen’s route to the Pole crosses the Ross Ice Shelf and then ascends the short, but punishingly steep and dangerous Axel Heiberg glacier. Scott’s route crosses the same shelf but then takes the longer, shallower Beardmore glacier. For both teams, glacier crossings punctuated by hidden crevasses up to a mile deep, will be perilous in the extreme. Each team will be completely unsupported, and will carry their food and fuel across the ice for seventy days. The modern race is likely to be very closely-run. If all goes well, both teams will complete their journey in two months -arriving at the South Pole by January 2012. ..."

Lt Col Henry Worsley is aiming to raise £500,000 on behalf of the Royal British Legion's Battle Back Centre, and four Personnel Recovery Centres.

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