the Journey

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    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.

Help Us Record History

Scott’s Terra Nova expedition was responsible for collecting some of the most valuable scientific data of its time from the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean. This data helped change the course of navigation and our understanding of the Earth’s magnetic fields and climate. Data collection included meticulously recorded meteorological observations, as well as approximately 2,100 animal and fish specimens.

Ben and Tarka will be repeating Scott’s daily meteorological readings as they retrace his route more than a century on and the data will be made available for scientific/historic use.

In the course of research for this expedition it became apparent there is currently no online transcription of Scott and his team’s meteorological readings.

This is where you come in….. Help us transcribe Scott’s data here. It only takes five minutes to add an entry (or three).

In doing so you’ll be helping create an online portal of historical observations housing the data collected by Scott more than a century ago, that can sit alongside repeat readings taken by Ben and Tarka on the Scott Expedition.

We don’t pretend to be scientists by doing this – what we’re doing is creating an important and freely available digital recording of historical observations that can be used by others. The data will be provided to the scientific community at the end of the expedition.


Pack Ben and Tarka’s Sled

Have a go at packing a sled bound for Antarctica and learn a little more about what Ben and Tarka are taking on their journey

Learn About Captain Scott

Learn about Scott Expedition inspiration - iconic British polar explorer Captain Scott and his 1910-12 Terra Nova Expedition

Help Us Record History

Help us record history by transcribing some of Scott's meteorological readings from more than a century ago

Set Your Own Goal

Time Capsule - like Ben and Tarka setting out to achieve their goal in Antarctica, set yours here