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Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:26 am

The Scott Amundsen Centenary race to the south pole is already under way! ON FOOT!
You can follow it here ..... http://www.coldsweat.tv/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

We have a South African team vying for the honours, Braam Malherbe and Peter van Kets are both extreme adventurers with many expeditions under their individual belts. PETER IS A FORUM MEMBER HERE :thumbup: (From East London :D: )!


"Braam Malherbe and Pete van Kets , the South African, entrants were second to set up camp at 35 kilometres as planned. Unfortunately, Braam is still taking a lot of strain from a chest infection. He had a sleepless night due to coughing and vomiting, depriving not only himself , but also his team mate from much needed sleep. Braam’s physical appearance is not very assuring but both members are very positive and upbeat. “We are taking it one day at a time “ they said and “I am finishing no matter what,” Braam added.
The race organizers have arranged for the expedition doctor, Dr. Ian Davis to check on Braam’s condition once they meet up with them.
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Here's wishing them the best of luck!!! :thumbup:
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:32 am

An unfair advantage? .... Or just better planning / strategy?


"The Norwegians took off on a flying start and set a blistering pace covering at least 50 kilometres. They also seemed to be tracking their own route that deviates from the other athletes.

The boys from Norway caused a major upset at the starting line when they arrived with skis fitted under their pulks (sled). There is nothing in the race rules that specifies that one cannot do this so it was allowed by the race organizer, Extreme World Races. It is clear that this team have set their sights not only on winning the race but also to finish in a record time.

Seasoned observers have pointed out that this is not a speed race but rather an endurance marathon. It remains to be seen if the Norwegians can keep up their fast pace. During the preparations for the race he Norwegian team was very secretive about their strategy and the equipment they were going to use. Norway has a reputation for delivering explorers and ........."
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:48 am

Latest positions ........ Team South Africa (dark gray) lying in 4th position .......


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Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:11 am

Mud Dog wrote:An unfair advantage? .... Or just better planning / strategy?
I think both of those..... but that is a hardcore challenge, wonder what they do for fun?
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Sun Jan 08, 2012 10:04 am

That is what they do for fun! :lol:

He's just scouted the Orange River in kyaks between Upington and Augrabies with 2 friends in preparation for the Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon later this year. He and wife Kim circumvented the borders of SA on bicycles which they had to carry a lot of the distance ...... it goes in and on, he just doesn't stop!
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Wed Jan 11, 2012 7:44 am

Positions on day 6

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Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:33 am

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Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:47 am

"Team Framdrift Norway won the first leg of the historic Scott – Amundsen Centenary Race to the South Pole. Eight days five hours and twenty nine minutes after the hooter sounded for the start of the race on 4 January 2012.

The flying Norwegian team consisting of Harvard Svindal, Erland Gray and Mathias Seim crossed the line at the halfway mark, exactly at 14h34 GMT. Their remarkable performance puts them approximately two days ahead of the rest of the field.

According to race officials here, the real test for the athletes will come during the last leg to the pole and if the Norwegians are able to maintain their pace they will be the clear favourites to win the race.

Only stopping to drink water and make food, the gutsy Norwegians skiers had not slept for 48 hours before reaching the half way check point. They were slowed down considerably when Harvard Svidal developed snow blindness. He had to be lead on a rope by one of this teammates, Mathias Seim, who crossed the line first with Harvard on his heels and Erland behind him.

Speaking to race officials after their marathon shift, all three members were very upbeat about their position and physical condition, despite the setback to Harvard. Mathias Seim complained about a painful knee but was hopeful that he will recover after some rest. A medical official at the checkpoint was confident that Harvard’s condition will improve sufficiently before the start of the next leg and that all three would be able to complete the race.

According to race rules they are now obliged to take a compulsory 24-hour stop. The time will be used to rest and to restock their food supplies.

There is still fierce competition in the midfield immediately behind the race leaders and it is not yet a foregone conclusion of who will end in second, third and fourth position. At the time of their daily schedule call last night the Welsh team was in second position, 130 km from the halfway line. Third was Team British Blue /Centre Point at 141 km from the halfway mark. The South African team of Braam Malherbe and Pete van Kets was in fourth position at 150 km from the line.

Race observers are unanimous that the South Africans are putting in a great performance by keeping up with the other midfielders. Their performance becomes even more remarkable when considered that they are absolute strangers to snow environments and that both team members are struggling with respiratory problems."
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Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:59 am

Team SA, two novices to these kind of conditions, despite having experienced chest problems from the first few days achieved a podium finish (3rd place) .... a remarklable achievement in itself, but they did it while helping another team pull one of their sleds so that they could finish as well.!!! AWESOME ACHIEVEMENT PETER AND BRAAM!!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:


After twenty five days in extreme weather conditions and 742 kilometers of what is described as the toughest race on the planet, Braam Malherbe and Peter van Kets has arrived at the South Pole. Team SA and Team British Green/Centrepoint arrived at the South Pole on Saturday 28 January 2012 at 06:00 (SA time). They were exhausted, hungry and utterly overjoyed when they got there. For the past week they’ve been helping Team British Green carry the load of Andrew Carnie’s pulk (sleigh). Andrew fractured his arm just before the team arrived at the halfway checkpoint more than week ago. Fitting with the history of the race it was won by an extraordinary Norwegian team that amazed even the organisers. The Norwegians finished the race in 15 days, with the Welsh team arriving second in 22 days. Third place in the Scott-Amunsen Centenary Race to the South Pole belongs to Team South Africa and British Green, who finished in 24 days. Race organisers agree that it was quite an achievement for Braam Malherbe and Peter van Kets to complete this race as they were not use to the extreme cold conditions (it was –45˚ C the last couple of days) and skiing on snow. Van Kets has rowed the Atlantic Ocean solo and unsupported and Malherbe ran the entire Great Wall of China, but both agreed that the race to the South Pole was the most difficult endurance adventure they have ever done. Malherbe, who is a MyPlanet Ambassador and van Kets took part in this race to create awareness about climate change and the effect it has on Antarctica. Upon reaching the races' final destination, Team SA had to overstrike 1000 SAMint commemorative coins. This was a world first. The medallions feature Antarctica on the reverse and promote the fight against climate change. It pays tribute to the history of scientific explorers and the men that crossed the ice-laden paths of the Antarctic to reach the South Pole 100 years ago. The entire race was filmed by the Johannesburg based production company Urban Brew Studios and will be broadcast as a 4-part documentary series, Cold Sweat, on SABC 3 later this year. For more information visit http://www.coldsweat.tv" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Braam Malherbe and Peter van Kets would like to thank their families and their friends for all the support. Also a big thank you to Professor Tim Noakes from the Discovery Sports Science Institute at UCT for the motivation and support. Discovery was Team SA's Peak Performance partner throughout the race. Remember to DO ONE THING for the planet - get a MyPlanet card and nominate a environmental cause as your charity.
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