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.

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Day 69: S88° 11' 4.02", E159° 15' 21.60"

Daily distance: 10.2 Mi

Altitude: 10210 Ft

Ben and Tarka are taking a rest day today and will remain in their tent. Ben's daily blog is coming but as a result will be later than usual. 


# Richard Pierce, January 2nd 2014

Glad they’re putting in a rest day. I think they need it for all sorts of reasons. Hope they manage to stay warm and recover some more of their strength.

God Speed.


# CaninesCashews, January 2nd 2014

Hi guys,
Agree with Richard above - a good bit of Rest and Recharge - maybe for the kit aswell.
Stay warm and stay safe,

# Tara, January 2nd 2014

Happy New Year to you both, Ben and Tarka. Glad you are resting and sincerely hope it regenerates mind and body enough for the homeward sprint. Thinking about you often and hope you are okay, both physically and in spirit. You’re making history guys! You have our support and admiration.  Again, in Ben Howard’s words; keep your head up, keep your heart strong.

# Damian, January 2nd 2014

Happy New Year to you both gents, I hope the rest day makes up for the tough days gone by.

All the best,


# Eleanor Gay, January 2nd 2014

EAT LOTS, power up on good warm food.  I listened to radio interview of former pole explorers.
He spoke of caloric loss and physical exertion from pulling heavy sleds.  Weight loss resulting
In cold intolerance.  Eat and rest. The polar explorers being interviewed stated they would go back in a heartbeat.  I liked the comments on your last blog entry.  Tarka’s about it being the best
Way to live life.  Love to your families and you fellows.

# Mal Owen, January 2nd 2014

Pleased u r taking a well-earned rest and regenerating…. It will speed you on your way. Other way round for those of us who have had a lazy, over-indulgent seasonal holiday… now in need of some exercise !

# John Matthews, January 2nd 2014

After some 150 miles in 7 days a rest day is long overdue!

# dj, January 2nd 2014

Could also be said: 240 miles in 12 days; or, 920 miles since a ‘rest’ day (if you can call huddling in a sub-zero tent 48 hours a ‘rest’!)  Any way you look at it, it’s long overdue.  Sometimes the hardest thing in an endeavor like this is knowing whose advice to take.  I personally hope they ‘schedule’ a couple more on the way back.

# Andrea, January 2nd 2014

An segment of several hours of thinking is of much utility to the brain in his task of commanding to a molecular and cellular slowness.
In the photo from above, there is a great beauty.

# Christian C, January 2nd 2014

Trust all is well.



# Carlos, January 2nd 2014

Hope both of You are enjoying your rest day after the huge challenge of reaching the Pole.

I see these return journey as the veritable challenge in the expedition.
Don’t think you are walking over your own steps for the return journey.
Head North chavs, the Beardmore, the coast, reach SUCCESS, and finally home.
May the Katabatic winds be with you!

As always, my best wishes, Carlos.

# Brendan Smith, January 2nd 2014

Glad you’re getting in a rest day.  Let us know if you watched a movie on the laptop.  Take care!

# AlisonP, January 2nd 2014

So happy to hear that you are taking a rest day, after days and days and days of pushing so hard.  I hope that you are enjoying the day with each other, reveling in the feat that you have accomplished, and storing up some strength for the rest of the way home.  Happy New year, Ben and Tarka.

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