World-Record Breaking Polar Challenge Begins Today in Antarctica

Polar Challenge Ben Saunders
Polar explorer Ben Saunders and fellow adventurer Tarka L’Herpiniere will today set out from Scott’s Hut, Antarctica on day one of their world-record breaking return journey from the edge of the continent to the South Pole and back.

At 2,900 kilometres it will be the longest unsupported polar journey in history and first completion of Captain Scott’s iconic ill-fated 1910-12 Terra Nova expedition.

The duo will be blogging daily at and plan to share regular images and video (an expedition first) as well as copy across a host of social media channels while away:

For details on the build up to Ben and Tarka’s departure please visit

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Ben Saunders
•Ben is best known for skiing solo to the North Pole in 2004, and for blogging live from his expeditions. He is the third in history and the youngest by ten years to reach the North Pole alone and on foot

•2 x Intel 4th Generation Sony Vaio Pro Ultrabooks to blog daily and regularly send back content for the Scott Expedition YouTube channel The Ultrabooks have SSD memory, so no moving parts to go wrong when it’s -40. They’re also super-light and have a class-leading battery life.
•Iridium Extreme Satellite phone – the phone handles calls, messaging and data transmission
•2x custom 62-watt folding solar panels and 3x lithium-polymer battery packs using Antarctica’s 24-hour daylight to power the technology
•Iridium Nano tracker – an always-on tracking beacon that automatically sends our GPS coordinates back to Ben’s UK-based support team on an hourly basis