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.

Enjoy the Scott Expedition in Video

Step on to the ice with Ben and Tarka through a great series of videos on the Scott Expedition YouTube Channel giving you an insight into their daily life in Antarctica. Also, more than 10 years in the planning Ben has built up a host of fantastic videos giving you an insight into what it takes to plan, prepare, train and embark upon such a journey.

What films can you find?

- Training - follow Ben to some of the remotest corners of Europe and beyond as he sets out in his Land Rover on training missions

- Polar Kit - learn more about the clothing and equipment Ben and Tarka are using in Antarctica

- Life on the Ice - Thanks to Intel's latest 4th Generation technology enjoy the clips that Ben and Tarka have sent back from their tent whilst in Antarctica

- Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition - learn more about iconic British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated 1910-12 Terra Nova Expedition (the route Ben and Tarka are retracing; the man who's journey they are setting out to honour).

Here are a few samples to get you started (just click the YouTube button in the bottom right of the video go through to the channel):


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