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The expedition takes place in Antarctica’s summer where the team can face temperatures as low as -50°C.
At this time of year they can expect relatively warmer temperatures as they begin their journey at the coast, with temperatures then dropping as they journey further from the coast and climb to higher altitudes.
Wind chill is the perceived temperature calculated from the strength of the wind and actual air temperature. The team could feel some of the coldest temperatures as they traverse the steep ice towards the Antarctic Plateau; with high winds from colder air being pushed down from higher ground. It's expected to drop as low as -50°C
Starting at the coast Ben and Tarka will climb almost 8000ft up one of the world's largest glaciers, the Beardmore Glacier on to the Antarctica plateau. Once on the plateau they'll have a straight line to the South Pole before turning around and walking back the way they came to the coast again.
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 - remains unfinished to this day.
British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere are setting out on an expedition to Antarctica to complete Scott’s 1,800-mile return journey to the South Pole on foot. Pushing the boundaries of human potential, the Scott Expedition will be the longest unsupported polar journey in history and the next chapter in one of the greatest stories of polar exploration ever told.
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.