Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the south pole

Friday, 16 September 2011

Race for posterity to the south pole

This November witnesses the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Race to the south pole. Two teams, each with three serving members of HM Forces, will retrace the legendary steps of Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen

Master Mason Kevin Johnson of Cantilupe Lodge, No. 4083, will follow Scott’s route from Cape Evans in Antarctica. Scott, Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton were all Freemasons.

A square-and-compasses flag will be placed at the South Pole on the expedition’s completion. To date, Herefordshire lodges, Cantilupe and Arrow, together with Pegasus Forces Lodge, Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, have donated £2,000 towards the race. The teams are supporting the Royal British Legion on its 90th anniversary. Each member will haul 140kg of supplies/equipment in a sled – against a wind chill of minus 50ºC.

The race is estimated to take 60 to 65 days with an average weight loss of two stone. Follow Johnson’s journey at where you can also make donations.

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