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Ben Saunders
Ben Saunders is a polar explorer and a record-breaking long-distance skier, with six North Pole expeditions under his belt. He is the youngest to ski solo to the North Pole and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton.

Ben is currently setting out on one of the most ambitious polar expeditions in a century. The Scott Expedition. A 1800 mile, four month return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back retracing Captain Scott's Terrra Nova route. It will be the first completion of Captain Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition.

Followers can look forward to enjoying Ben's journey online in unprecedented detail as he will be blogging daily from his tent in one of the most inhospitable and inaccessible places on earth.

Follow him on Twitter @polarben and @scottexpedition. Subscribe to the Scott Expedition YouTube Channel. Like the Scott Expedition on Facebook.

Entries by Ben Saunders

The Final Day: Completing Captain Scott's Terra Nova Route and the Longest Polar Jouney on Foot in History.

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 8:54 AM


Apologies for the delay in sending this update - it turned out to be a very long day indeed and I've only just had a couple of hours' sleep...

Antarctica seemed livid at the fact we were lying happily in our tent yesterday...

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Passing Captain Scott's Last Camp -- Under One Week to Go in Antarctica

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 11:51 AM


Today was off-the-scale challenging, and Tarka and I concurred it was one of the hardest of the entire expedition. The weather was fine and our sledges are nearly empty, compared to the 200-odd kilos we were each dragging in slow motion...

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102 Years Ago Today Captain Scott and His Men Reached the South Pole

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 1:26 PM


Ben Saunders setting out across the Ross Ice Shelf on his 1800 mile journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back, retracing Captain Scott's Terra Nova route.

By the time you read this it'll be January 17th,...

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Treading a Path Taken by Only Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton (Scott Expedition, Antarctica -- Day 81)

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 10:10 AM


Today had a bit of magic in it, and we haven't had a day like that for a while down here. The weather was grim when we set out; nearly a complete whiteout and at best a flat, grey light and...

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Two Months in Antarctica

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2014 | 12:59 PM


Christmas Day marked two months on the ice. Here's a snapshot into the first 62 days of the Scott Expedition.

Scott Expedition: The First Two Months in Antarctica (Video)

For daily news from Antarctica as we continue our return journey to the coast visit the Scott Expedition...

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Reaching the South Pole (Our Half-Way Mark)

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 11:54 AM


Apologies for the delayed update, but as you may already know we swang round the South Pole on Boxing Day and are now on the homeward leg of our journey. Our plan was always to pitch the tent and leave our...

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On to the Antarctic Plateau (Day 52)

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 6:08 PM


We woke up at six this morning to a suspiciously dimly-lit tent. Usually the bright glare and heat of the sun is plainly obvious on one side of the tent in the morning, but if it's not then it probably means...

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Walking More Than 1000km in Antarctica (Video -- Day 50)

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 11:17 AM

In 50 days in Antarctica Tarka and I have covered more than 1000km on foot and climbed more than 9,000 feet -- mainly up the Beardmore Glacier.

It feels like rather a long way and a bit of a milestone.

Here's a short video recorded on day 50: Walking More Than 1000km in Antarctica

The video was recorded and sent back from our tent using Intel's latest 4th Generation technology and a customised Iridium Pilot.

For further info about the Scott Expedition and Ben's daily blogs from Antarctica visit the Scott Expedition...

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First Night on the Beardmore Glacier, Antarctica (Day 39)

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 12:44 PM


I won't lie. I climbed out of the tent today in a glum mood, nervous about what the day would hold. We put our climbing harnesses on as well as our sledge harnesses this morning, which the fearful part of my subconscious never...

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Life on Ice: A Snapshot into Our First Month in Antarctica

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 11:30 AM


Here's a short compilation of video clips giving an insight into our time in Antarctica so far. They've been sent back from our tent using Intel's latest 4th Generation technology and a customized Iridium Pilot satellite system. The videos...

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Scott Expedition - Day 25: Ripples and Circles

(1) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 9:25 AM


When I was sixteen years old and still at school, I had a part-time job in a shop in Canterbury called Field and Trek that sold outdoor gear. Upstairs, next to the shelves that displayed camping stoves and the odd lantern,...

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Looking Up (Day 11)

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 10:34 AM


We cranked out 16.4km (10.2 miles) today, which we're pretty happy with, and I can tell you that dragging two-and-a-half times your body weight for seven hours is a bit of a workout.

It felt colder than the numbers suggested (-26C...

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Start Stop (the Scott Expedition - Day 15) - 100 Miles in Despite Antarctic Storm

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 6:02 AM


Day 14 was a tough one, which started with Tarka popping his head out of the tent -- as he was nearest the door -- and reporting that while the weather was still poor and the wind was still high, there...

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