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The expedition takes place in Antarctica’s summer where the team can face temperatures as low as -50°C.
At this time of year they can expect relatively warmer temperatures as they begin their journey at the coast, with temperatures then dropping as they journey further from the coast and climb to higher altitudes.
Wind chill is the perceived temperature calculated from the strength of the wind and actual air temperature. The team could feel some of the coldest temperatures as they traverse the steep ice towards the Antarctic Plateau; with high winds from colder air being pushed down from higher ground. It's expected to drop as low as -50°C
Starting at the coast Ben and Tarka will climb almost 8000ft up one of the world's largest glaciers, the Beardmore Glacier on to the Antarctica plateau. Once on the plateau they'll have a straight line to the South Pole before turning around and walking back the way they came to the coast again.
Distance to go:
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.
Track Ben and Tarka’s journey as they retrace Scott’s original 1910–12 Terra Nova expedition. Starting at Scott’s Hut they will traverse the Ross Ice Shelf, climb nearly 8000ft on one of the world’s largest glaciers, the Beardmore Glacier, on to the Antarctic Plateau; and onwards to the South Pole. From the Pole it’s back the way they came. A total of 1,800 miles, unsupported, on foot - the longest unsupported polar journey in history.
In addition to this map, you can download data for Google Earth to follow the team’s progress. Hourly updates are expected for their position.
Note: You may need to install Google Earth before you can view this data. The tracking information will automatically update – no need to download the file more than once.
The total journey is approximately the same distance as from Paris to Moscow, or from the surface of the earth to its core.