One of the SP races has begun
Published on 04.11.2011 - The Scott Amundsen Centenary Race
The two teams of 1911-2011 Scott Amundsen Centenray Race have just been dropped on the Ross Iceshelf yesterday. They flew from Union Glacier ANI/ALE base camp.
Excerpts of their diary (Amundsen Team) : "…At 1pm today, we loaded our heavy sledges into the DC3 plane and set off for a frozen coastline 4 and half hours away. From 10,000 ft the view across the Ross Ice Shelf was humbling. As far as the eye could see, a white expanse stretched in all directions, dead flat, save for the scars of crevasse fields. Following a smooth landing, Lennie, Lou and myself climbed down from the plane, offloaded our sledges, and after a swift handshake with the Scott team, they departed for McMurdo Sound. The three of us were left to prepare ourselves for the journey ahead…”
Besides, the weather was clear and it seems that they did not even wait for the other team to be dropped at Cape Evans to start the march.
Two ours later, the same DC3 plane dropped the other team of the expedition (the Scott team) at Cape Evans.
Day two (4 November)
Distances from the pole : Amundsen team : 661 nautical miles (1 224 km) / Scott team : 738 NM (1 366 km)