Lou Rudd is returning to Antarctica after retracting Roald Amundsen’s route to the South Pole in 2011/2012. Photo courtesty of Lou Rudd
ou Rudd joined the UK armed forces at the age of 16, where he has served a full career, spanning nearly 25 years. During his military career Lou completed many tours in extreme cold weather environments, some inside the Arctic Circle. He is a qualified military ski instructor and an Arctic Warfare instructor.
During the winter of 2011 and 2012 Lou, along with Henry Worsley, completed an 800-mile unsupported journey following the original route of Roald Amundsen from the Bay of Whales to the Geographic South Pole as part of the Scott Amundsen Centenary Race.
Lou is currently preparing for a new unsupported South Pole expedition, which he will lead. I caught up with him to discuss his Antarctic endeavours and our conversation forms Episode 12 of The Paul Kirtley Podcast…
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Travelling unsupported to the South Pole means hauling everything required for the 800-mile journey, including enough food and fuel for 70 days. Photo courtesy of Lou Rudd.
The Scott Amundsen Centenary Race consisted of two teams of three men, retracing the routes of Scott and Amundsen, respectively. Photo courtesy of Lou Rudd
Camping for 70 nights in a mountain tent requires routine and good admin. Photo courtesy of Lou Rudd
Sastrugi. Photo courtesty of Lou Rudd
100 years after Scott and Amundsen made it to the South Pole, the conditions can be just as harsh. Photo courtesy of Lou Rudd
Man and pulk. Hauling all the food, fuel and equipment to the pole burned up around 10,000 calories per day. Photo courtesy of Lou Rudd.
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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft
, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.