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.

There and Back (Video)

If you (like us) are suffering from blog withdrawal this morning watch this short video looking back on Ben and Tarka's incredible journey.

There's plenty more to follow in coming weeks so do stay tuned. Ben will be blogging as he and Tarka make their way back to the UK. We're also looking forward to getting a first peek at the footage and more photos from the final days.

Thank you everyone for your incredible messages of support and congratulations, both over the last 48 hours and throughout the expedition as a whole. 

Ben and Tarka will be in touch again before too long...  Do keep an eye out @scottexpedition and @polarben on Twitter and on the Scott Expedition Facebook page though in the meantime. For more videos the Scott Expedition YouTube Channel is certainly worth a peek.


# Timo, February 10th 2014

Well done! Congratulations!

# Brooksfield School (McLean, VA), February 10th 2014

Dear Ben and Tarka,
We’ve just finished catching up with you on your incredible journey and we have some messages for you from our 1st-3rd year students.
“We are amazed at how you’ve done this.” - Penn, 8
“Congratulations and good luck getting home safe.” - Tony, 6
“Even though it sounded tough, I hope you had some fun.” Ankara, 6
“We’re happy you made the journey safely.” Lindsay, 8
“I’m happy that you’re safe.” Mark, 7
“How did you do that! I’m fascinated.” Will, 8
“Your expedition makes me interested in Antarctica.” Tatum, 8
“I’m happy your expedition went well. Thanks for sharing it with us.” Sofia, 7
“We’ve been studying Antarctica for the last two months and this was my favorite part.” Steven, 9
“I learned a lot.” Spenser, 8
“You’re awesome because you survived.” Bilge, 6
“Good job finishing what those brave explorers started all those years ago.” Harrison, 6
“Gung Hay Fat Choy!” Jacob, 7
“I want to go to the South Pole some day, but I’ll probably fly instead of walk.” Samantha, 7
“I really liked seeing what you were doing, especially when you reached the South Pole.” Liam, 9
“Your survival skills are awesome. In fact, I want to be a survivalist when I get older.” Christian, 8

Well done, boys! We’ll keep a close eye out for your next adventure!
The Brooksfield School
McLean, Virginia, USA

# Carlos Iturrieta Ponce, February 18th 2014

Felicitaciones, es una aventura muy especial y riesgosa, aun en estos tiempos. El año 2004, llegamos al Polo Sur con una expedicion terrestre Cientifica de Chile desde Patriot Hills, y en el paralelo -80 hicimos un alto y recordamos a los conquistadores de la Antartica Admunsen y Scott.
Un saludo para Ustedes desde Chile.
Carlos Iturrieta

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