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.

Farewell London

The day is finally here. Ben and Tarka are bidding farwell to London as they set off for Antarctica to take on the Scott Expedition.

It's a long journey South that will take several weeks to get to the starting point  but we'll be in touch on route with a full update on leaving London and a bit about the final preparations.

In the meantime here's a picture from The View from The Shard earlier this week - Ben and Tarka in their expedition kit - and the final part of Henry Worsley's five-part series giving an insight into the route will follow tomorrow.


# Joshua Yap, October 6th 2013

Wishing you Godspeed ahead!

# Drew Love-Jones, October 6th 2013

Wishing you every success, strength and the courage to succeed. Drew (Camasunarie caretaker, Skye)

# Allison & Mark, October 6th 2013

Best wishes to both of you. We are immensley proud to know you Ben.  Tarka not met you but our good wishes are for you too. Achieve what you want to achieve and come home safely. We will follow your progress…and be very grateful that we have a log fire to keep us warm… Ben, we will keep an eye on your Mum

# Richard Crawford-Small, October 6th 2013

Best wishes to both of you - look after yourselves and each other, and Tarks we’ll catch up when you get back.

# Kev Johnson, October 6th 2013

Good luck fellas,
I Hope the weather is kind to you and you don’t have too many days in your tent. Give White Island a wide berth and be careful around the bottom end of the Gateway - lots of disturbance and crevasses .
Hope all goes well ,
Scott team,  Scott Amoundsen race 2011-2012

# paulo , October 7th 2013

May God be with you and Best wishes

# Wilfred Moshi, October 7th 2013

Good luck fellas,
May God be with you and holy spirit guide you through all decisions you will make. You are my inspirational. I will follow you through out becuase I would like to do it sometimes…. all the best chaps.

# Myles, October 7th 2013

The best of luck does not really capture fully what I wish for you guys, but im afraid its the best I have.  Enjoy every minute, and return safe

# Mal Owen, October 7th 2013

Know nothing about either of you and even less about the trek you are making but intend to follow your journey and learn. Good luck with your adventure :)

# Kristoffer, October 8th 2013

Well then, do look at the About page on this site.  Please note that the miles are statute miles, not geographic.  Ah yes, good luck to Ben and Tarka!

# Christian Cullinane, October 8th 2013

Very best of fortune to you both.

Hope someone remembered to pack toothpaste this time…

Come back with all your fingers and toes.



# Chris Swift, October 8th 2013

Godspeed on your epic adventure, will be eagerly following along the whole way.

# Thea, October 10th 2013

There will not be a day or night that I do not think about you Tarka, please keep safe, both of you and have a wonderful adventure

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