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 Speaking From the Tent (Video - Day 32)

Step inside Ben and Tarka's tent. This video of Ben was taken by Tarka on day 32 of the Scott Expedition and sent back using the ultrabook and customised Iridium Pilot.

For more detail on the day click here: Full Speed Ahead (Day 32)

For more detail on how Ben and Tarka send video, photos and blogs back from Antarctica click here: Heatwave and Headwinds (Day 34)

And if you're looking for further videos take a moment to visit the Scott Expedition YouTube channel where there are host of films documenting the build up to Ben and Tarka's departure.


# dj, November 28th 2013

Nowhere do you state that you’ve decided NOT to support Internet explorer with video; but it doesn’t work (does OK on Mozzila). Doesn’t even load up a player with an error message, just displays a blank black box no thumbnail.

# Piers, November 29th 2013

I’m guessing the problem is on your end – the video is a simple embedded YouTube iframe, the most widely supported video platform there is. Install Chrome if you can.

# CaninesCashews, November 29th 2013

DJ, I agree with #Piers think the problem must be your end.
I am writing this comment on IE 11 and have just re-watched the video to check your issue.
My primary browser if Firefox, but across my machines I have viewed the videos on IE10/11, Firefox, Chrome and Safari and have encountered no issues.
Just a thought, but maybe there was a less forthright way you could have worded that post that might have garnered you some quicker help.
Hope you get it sorted.

# DJ, November 29th 2013

I agree that a users settings might cause a YouTube video to bork (as anyone who knows even a tiny bit about browsers should) but I wouldn’t have even brought it up if I hadn’t already known that I have absolutely no problems playing YouTube videos in my IE browser from nearly all other sources - including the Scott Expedition YouTube page. It’s only on their single blog page where I’m giving them feedback that it doesn’t work - and (something their programmer needs to know) does it without throwing an error.  The same video when served on the YouTube page plays fine in the IE browser on my machine (with the settings I use) . That doesn’t sound like it’s my machine to me.

Thanks for your feedback piers, the issue seems to be more complicated, I was hoping to draw a comment from an actual “team” person responsible for the blog; mr. Cashews, the only angst that I see in any of this thread has come from you. I’m not sure why you feel the need to frequently act as an apologist for the team, do you feel they need your help? To me, it didn’t seem that you added anything to the conversation; except, perhaps, a snipe trying to put me in my place. If you would have, for example, said: “I find that it plays in IE 11 with no firewall or cookie protection settings in the medium security and low privacy settings and accepting sites to know my physical location” - that might make sense.  I run an extensive blog myself and as such have firewalls and virus software which protects sites from extracting personal data or saving malicious software or other batch files on my server.  YouTube (the company) has no problem serving the same Scott Expedition material to my server correctly, it’s only whatever settings and methods they are using for this page that is causing the issue. Programming video content on the web is currently in a state of flux and is not easy to get right.

# Kevin, December 21st 2013

DJ - what’s with all the aggro?  It appears that there may have been some minor technical issue that may have impacted a small number of folks - it’s a far cry from not supporting IE…  And trying to validate your understanding of technology by claiming you run your own blog is kinda like saying you understand email because you have an aol account.  Seriously, lots of soccer moms and foodies with no knowledge of technology run blogs, it doesn’t really mean anything.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, relax, and enjoy the adventure.  If you have to switch browsers to watch videos, just do it - no need to get all aggro and then defensive about it…

# dj, December 28th 2013

Kevin… I dumped AOL years and years ago and your condescending arrogance isn’t masked by your pontification to relax.  I don’t apologize for making the assumption that the webmaster of this blog desires feedback when some programming they’ve done doesn’t work on some platform.

# Carlos, November 28th 2013

Nice video Ben, you look optimistic and healthy.
Just a question, who’s the cameraman?  ;-)
Best wishes guys!!

# Allison & Mark, November 28th 2013

Nice to SEE you. I am sure the post mistress is happy to see you too

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