The Scott Expedition: An introduction

Ben Saunders

ben 2 225x300 The Scott Expedition: An introductionI am currently preparing for the biggest expedition of my life – and arguably one of the most ambitious in polar history. An 1800 mile (2,900km) unsupported return journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back on foot. Known as the Scott Expedition, it will be the longest unsupported polar journey in history and first completion of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s iconic 1910-12 Terra Nova expedition.

I and my team mate Tarka L’Herpiniere will set out from Scott’s Hut, Ross Island in late October 2013. As Scott and his men did more than a century ago, we will traverse the Ross Ice Shelf before climbing one of the world’s largest glaciers, the Beardmore Glacier and then follow a straight line across the Antarctic Plateau to the South Pole. From the South Pole it’s back the way we came, finishing at Scott’s wooden Hut.

We will each be hauling almost 200kg (equivalent to roughly two adult men) of kit and supplies necessary to survive the 110 day journey, where we will face temperatures as low as -50C.

A 21st Century expedition, we will be using the latest technology to share our journey with followers worldwide from our tents in one of the most inhospitable and inaccessible places on earth in all-but real time.

Inspired by stories of polar exploration since a child, I have always been fascinated by Scott and his men’s story of sheer human endeavour. Completing his expedition is a lifelong dream and one that I am looking forward to immensely.

We hope you enjoy following, sharing, partaking and watching the journey unfold.

I will be blogging daily at and plan to share regular images and video (an expedition first) as well as copy across a host of social media channels while away on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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