The Last Desert Blogs 2018

Scott Baldridge



The Last Desert (2018) blog posts from Scott Baldridge

01 December 2018 03:29 am (GMT-03:00) Brasilia

Today we finished and got our medals. I am so happy to be done. My left knee is trashed it feels like bone crushing onto bone. My right ankle is swollen across the top. At first I thought was possibly stress fracture but I think just ligament issues. Now that the race is over trying to rest both and living off pain killers. Ship is already rocking pretty well and I guess tomorrow supposed to be 10x worse. Guess I’ll be lying in bed for 2 days straight.  I am ready to get home. I know Penny the Penguin can’t wait to move in with Maykyla

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Dana Baldridge

Posted On: 01 Dec 2018 09:26 pm

Way to go. So proud of you. I hope your injuries are temporary I’m sure Makayla will love Penny The rest of us need cool souvenirs too!

29 November 2018 03:02 am (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown

Well then12 hour day was a success. I just walked  high fiving everyone as they passed me. My hip is slightly better my left knee is 100x worse. I did 4 loops with no shirt on. Carried Penny the Penguin the entire way. She should of made all the pictures including the group one. Let me know if you can spot her. We got back on ship around 8:30p to find out that we start the next day at 6a. Woke up to high winds, fog, and snow. I really do not see much complaining about  getting to go back to bed. Thenweather tomorrow is suppose to get bad so today might be out last day of running. Since all the loops are switch backs up steep hills then down the other side everyone is pretty sore. The extra recovery time is popular on this ship.


Doug, I found positive Ballz. He was hiding at the Chile research centre in Antarctica.

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27 November 2018 04:19 am (GMT-03:00) Brasilia

Day 2 is complete. The hip is ok been worse. As in I can at least still put weight on it. I pretty much gave up on any aspect of racing and I just try not to hurt myself more. The fun part is the loops are super short so I get to see everyone over and over again. I decided to just high five everyone as they go by. Today we ran a 2k loop on steep hill side that was covered in penguins. I actually have been taking some pictures. I also now have a penguin……

Gooch, Zeana saw your email about petting wildlife for points. She said if you keep it up you get uninvited from Atacama. (ill see if I can get 100points)

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Chris Gooch

Posted On: 29 Nov 2018 03:13 pm

Ooops, hahaha! Sorry Zeana! No but seriously... 100 points...

Dana Baldridge

Posted On: 28 Nov 2018 03:54 pm

Remember your goal is to just finish! If you can walk fast enough for cut offs do that. I’m sure the penguins are like little cheer leaders encouraging you on Praying for hip pain relief

Doug Ellis

Posted On: 28 Nov 2018 03:44 pm

18 more hours Gentlemen, Go Ballz!

Tanna Baldridge

Posted On: 28 Nov 2018 03:28 pm

glad you are making best out of it despite your injury. and of course you are not surprised, I am jealous of you and the penguins ha :)

Debbie Murphy

Posted On: 28 Nov 2018 04:50 am

Just do the best that you can! Still proud that you are persevering.

26 November 2018 03:37 am (GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown

Day one is done. I knocked out 30 miles today. I only went knee/thigh deep in snow 10-15 times. It turned nasty as looks added up  became muddy and slushy. Yesterday on the boat we saw a bunch of whales. Then today penguins met us on the beach as we landed. At one of the turn around a large seal slept on the snow all day next to the course. My hip started hurting again. I think it will be fine though its not that bad. Tomorrow we don’t run till noon then only do 6 hours. Excited about a half day.

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Debbie Murphy

Posted On: 28 Nov 2018 02:08 am

Proud of you! Keep stretching, you can “powerwalk”

Dana Baldridge

Posted On: 27 Nov 2018 02:40 pm

Hang in there! You can do this. How many people can say they ran in Antarctica? I’ve got people praying for your strength & endurance Keep us posted on how you feel


Posted On: 27 Nov 2018 12:55 pm

try to stretch before and after your runs like the dr says. hope it wont be in the way this week. just make it before the cut off times. you can do it. xo

24 November 2018 08:28 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi

Well my bags got lost on the way through Argentina. Good news is I was able to find all needed gear for the race. Bad news is the damage it did to my bank account. We are out in the middle of the drake passage now. Took a while to get used to the rocking of the ship. The staff is saying that the rocking back and forth is nothing to what it can be. I guess that is a good way to start out nice and easy. So far only wildlife are sea birds. Food on the ship is pretty good and the lectures are pretty good. Some want to send me the score to the Texas Kansas game and who is playing in big 12 championship?  Not much happening yet. Monday we start running. Im ready to bet started.

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Sam Fanshawe

Posted On: 27 Nov 2018 03:29 am

Scott, I was gutted to hear that your bags didn't arrive. Take strength from the fact that one lady who lost all her gear before the Atacama Crossing borrowed everything and went on to win the race. At least the heat should not be a factor in your race this time. Good luck and remember to smile - especially when you least feel like it.

Dana Baldridge

Posted On: 25 Nov 2018 06:34 pm

So glad you are in your way. Sorry about you having to replace all that stuff I’m still holding out for an Antarctica souviner! A penguin would be great!!!! Hope your body is ready for this, us Texans don’t do winter well Praying for everyone’s health, safety & wonderful moments

Tanna Baldridge

Posted On: 25 Nov 2018 04:47 pm

No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 11 Texas for Big 12 Championship game. The Big 12 championship game will be at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 1st. GO SOONERS! Just kidding.. I guess longhorns :-P

Iris Derke

Posted On: 25 Nov 2018 11:14 am

Hi Scott from a fellow Atacama-er!! Lots of us "watching" from solid ground and can't wait to see you all start as well. I can only imagine how ansy one must be on the ship. Wishing you an amazing time. And not that I know much about the game but I looked it up - here's the score: Texas 24 - Kansas 17. Hope that helps and is a celebrated update! - Iris

20 November 2018 04:43 am (GMT-06:00) Central Time(US & Canada)

As I sit here in my hotel room in Mexico City on my way to Ushuaia I realized how long it has been since my last blog. A lot has happened since I last wrote one of these on the atacama page. To make things short I got engaged after the race up at the geysers in the atacama. When I came home I gave the hip sometime to heal which did not happen. I had to go get a steroid shot to fix that. It’s much better now. Four days ago I got married. Then I left for this race. That pretty much sums up the last 6 weeks in a nut shell. I made it to Mexico no issues. Tomorrow night I get to sleep on floor of the Buenos Aires airport. Good thing I have my air mattress and sleeping bag with me. I am ready to get to Ushuaia. Next time you hear from me I should be there hopefully with all my gear. 

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