the Journey

  • Distance to go: 0 Mi

    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.

Ben and Tarka Make History (Official Announcement)

S77° 50' 53.88", E166° 46' 15.96"

Duration: 5 Hr

Daily distance: 11.1 Mi

Distance to go: 0 Mi

Altitude: 26 Ft

On Friday 7th February at 01.15am  Ben and Tarka have re-written history as they completed, for the first time ever, the ill-fated journey of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s iconic Terra Nova expedition.

Having trekked 1,795 miles across the inhospitable landscape of Antarctica on a return journey to the South Pole and back, Ben and Tarka have achieved the world record for the longest polar journey on foot in history.

The journey, which has taken a total of 105 days (just over ¼ of a year), has pushed the limits of physical and mental fortitude and reset the bar for polar expeditions of the future. Ben and Tarka hauled sleds with a starting weight of almost 200kg each and walked on average 17 miles daily in temperatures as low as -46oC wind chill.

Ben Saunders said, “It is almost impossible to comprehend what we have achieved. Completing Scott’s Terra Nova expedition has been a life-long dream and I’m overcome to be standing here at the finish. The journey has been a mammoth undertaking that has tested the bounds of our bodies and minds each and every day.” 

“At times we found ourselves in dire straits in the intense cold, wind and altitude of the high plateau, weakened by half-rations and closer to the brink of survival than I had ever anticipated this journey taking us. In that light, both Tarka and I feel a combination of awe and profound respect for the endurance, tenacity and fortitude of Captain Scott and his team, a century ago.”

Captain Scott and his men died having covered almost 1,600 miles and this feat has never been surpassed in over 100 years, until today.

Land Rover and Intel are co-presenting partners of the Scott Expedition and have both played an important role in facilitating the expedition. Land Rover having assisted Ben in his training which has taken him to many inaccessible places across the UK, Europe and Greenland; and Intel provided Ultrabooks powered by its latest 4th generation Intel® CoreTM processor technology allowing Ben and Tarka to share their journey with the world along the way in their daily blog ( Intel put the technology through its paces over several weeks prior to Ben and Tarka’s departure by freezing the Ultrabooks at temperatures of -40C.

Mark Cameron Jaguar Land Rover Director, Brand Experience “ It has been a true privilege for Land Rover to have played a part in this incredible expedition.  I have followed Ben and Tarka each day, trying in some small way to live the experience so vividly and eloquently described through Ben’s blog. To complete this journey has taken the very highest levels of physical and mental fortitude as well as a sheer determination to succeed.”

“We all need heroes, incredible individuals or teams to provide inspiration to spur us on to achieve better for ourselves and the people around us.  There are few feats of any description that exemplify more appropriately the Land Rover mantra of going ‘Above and Beyond’.  Congratulations Ben and Tarka.”

Commenting on Intel’s support of the Scott Expedition, Patrick Bliemer, Regional Manager for Intel Northern Europe, said: “We are honoured to have played a small part in this record-breaking Scott Expedition by Ben and Tarka.  We are incredibly proud that Intel technology has helped him share his experiences with audiences around the world – this unprecedented access is the first of its kind and one which will change the future of expeditions to come.”

Ben will be in touch shortly with the full low down and pictures from this historic moment. In the meantime - a massive thank you to all of you, our amazing followers. World - let's celebrate!


# Matt, February 7th 2014

Congratulations both! Has been a privilege to have been able to follow the journey each day. Enjoy the moment for what is not only a truly historic achievement but a massive personal achievement in your careers. This inspires people like me to set our own goals high and not settle for anything less than what we all know we have the potential to achieve.

# Rich Townsend, February 7th 2014

PS I hope there will be a coffee-table book of pictures emerging at some point…

# Christy, Indiana, U.S., February 7th 2014

Though I try to live simply without a surplus of things, I for one would definitely have to have the joy of ownership of such a book!

# Leigh, February 7th 2014

CONGRATULATIONS!! Like so many others I’ve been glued to the screen following the little red dot, willing you to the finish line. Thank you so much for taking all of us on your truly epic adventure. A truly invincible team, I’ll be toasting you and Tarka this evening.

# Deepak Jaiswal, February 7th 2014

Congrats Ben and Tarka. I have been following you guys since day one and 1st thing I do every morning is to get updated blog.

# Ted, February 7th 2014

Congratulations Ben and Tarka!

You have demonstrated incredible physical and mental fortitude over the past 106 days and it’s been so inspiring to follow your daily progress.

I hope you both are able to rest, nourish and just enjoy the glow of your accomplishment as soon as possible!


# Suri and Rekha, February 7th 2014

Congratulations. Ben and Tarka, you guys are awesome.

# irene, February 7th 2014

woot woot

# Claire, February 7th 2014

You’ve done the fantastic, every step was a feat and you strove through despite the adversities which are incomprehensible to the rest of the world.

So much respect, and gratitude for sharing glimpses of what humans are capable of (with a little help from our friends!) - every time I feel like giving up I’ll think of Ben, Tarka, “pipe down and crack on”,and a group of explorers that braved the South over 100 years ago.

I’ll try to do more and live up to the bar that’s been set! Try to work up to those 60+ marathons you’ve done, first one ever in May :)

# Nigel W, February 7th 2014

Fantastic news. Congratulations. Just brfilliant ! A pleasure to follow.

# L. Alan Johansson, February 7th 2014

You never, never, never, never, never…..gave up.  Good show.

# Henry Worsley, February 7th 2014

Utter respect to Ben, Tarka and Andy for what you have all achieved.
A 10 year project - you never gave up and are now triumphant.
Even in the depths of winter there was within you all, an invincible summer.

# Joycey the main man Joyce, February 7th 2014

Congratulations from us all. It is delightful you have returned in one piece. It has been a fantastic experience being able to follow your every move, which is credit to your sponsors and your discipline to keep writing. Well done chaps. Over the moon.

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