“Had we lived, I should of had a tale to tell of the hardihood, endurance and courage of my companions that would have stirred the heart of every Englishman. These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.” As the last words of Captain Robert Falcon Scott echo poignantly across history, the world prepares for the centenary of his heroic attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1911. Not even the success of the Norwegian team led by Roald Amundson claiming the prize, nor Scott’s death and that of his companions, could ever take away the honour of being the most admired and well-known adventurer in the annals of Great Britain. His own hardihood, endurance and courage counted for everything.
Now another tale is being born. The next great race to the South Pole is in the making. At the end of 2008, teams of three from Britain and around the world will take place in a race from the Filchner Ice Shelf, 480 miles up onto the Antarctic Plateau, culminating at the South Pole 6 weeks later.
The passing of time and modern living has made the Antarctic no less extreme. It is still the highest, coldest, windiest continent on Earth. pulling pulks containing food, tent, fuel and survival equipment relentlessly up through crevasse fields into a high altitude hell-hole of unbearable cold and wind-howling emptiness is no less of a challenge for modern day mortals.Although it strikes fear into the hearts of Climb For Tibet team members Tess Burrows, and Pete Hammond, they are still going to run this race. Their lives have long been building up to this moment. Not this time for the glory of their country, but for the peace and harmony of the Earth. the team will carry thousands of heart messages of peace collected from around the world, many from children, as pledges for the environment, hopes , wishes and prayers, to express and release at the pole. they believe that this special energy will be creating a network of light vital to help bring the Earth into a state of balance and therefore survival, that the real race is for the future of humanity. This is controversial thinking, but then did not Scott’s journey cause controversy too?
Will their belief in themselves be tested beyond comprehension? And from where will they find the stamina, forbearance and sheer vital force needed for their bodies? Tess will be 60, and Pete 62!
...These rough notes and our dead bodies must tell the tale.