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.

Learn About Captain Scott

The Scott Expedition takes its name from Captain Robert Falcon Scott – one of the most eminent and iconic explorers of the Edwardian Golden Age of Exploration.

Scott led two expeditions to Antarctica – the second of which was the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition from 1910-12. It was on the Terra Nova expedition that Scott and his five-man team tragically perished on their return journey from the South Pole.

Learn more about the man and his expedition who has inspired Ben and Tarka’s journey more than a century on.

- Watch the video above: Captain Scott and his 1910-12 Terra Nova Expedition

- Find out where Scott and his men were 102 years ago today. Read Scott’s original diaries online (transcribed by the Scott Polar Research Institute): The Diaries of Captain Robert Falcon Scott

- Have a go at the interactive online activities compiled by Discover Antarctica putting Captain Scott and the Terra Nova expedition in the context of other iconic explorers from the Golden Age of Edwardian Exploration: The Race to the Pole


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