Distance to go:
Ben and Tarka will cover 1800 miles starting from Scott's Terra Nova Hut at the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back to the coast again. That's equivalent to 69 back-to-back marathons hauling up to 200kg each (the weight of roughly two adult men) of kit and supplies necessary to survive.
Distances here are shown in statute miles.
Captain Scott’s last expedition - the most poignant journey of the golden age of Edwardian exploration - remained unfinished…until today.
Following 105 days in Antarctica British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have officially made the first completion of Scott’s iconic 1,795 mile Terra Nova route from the very coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. Pushing the outer limits of physical and mental endurance the Scott Expedition is the longest polar man-haul in history and will be the next chapter in one of the greatest stories of polar exploration ever told. Read Ben’s blog here.
Patron: Falcon Scott
‘It’s just over a hundred years since my grandfather died undertaking this immensely challenging journey in Antarctica and I’m thrilled that Ben and Tarka are setting out to honour his legacy. Expeditions to Antarctica are important to keep alive a sense of adventure and to inspire our young people today to achieve. The Scott Expedition is a magnificent tribute to Scott and his men and I’m delighted to be patron.’
Falcon Scott, grandson of iconic British explorer and leader of the 1911/12 Terra Nova expedition, Captain Robert Falcon Scott.
Patron: Robert Swan OBE
‘No-one has walked this far before in Antarctica – the closest was the 1,600 miles that Scott and his men walked more than a century ago. The Scott Expedition is on the edge of human potential and an incredible physical feat. I’m honoured to support Ben and Tarka in their ground-breaking endeavour and hope people world-wide take inspiration from the fantastic example of tenacity and resilience they are setting.’
Robert Swan OBE, first to walk to the North and South Poles and Founder of 2041.