Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere set record for “longest polar journey”

After 105 gruelling days of hiking in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments, adventurers Ben Saunders and his teammate Tarka L’Herpiniere have recently completed The Scott Expedition, setting a world record for the “longest polar journey on foot in history”.

This historic feat took Ben and Tarka on an 1,800-mile (2,900km – or the distance between Paris and Moscow), four-month return journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again on foot, following Captain Scott’s iconic, yet ill-fated, Terra Nova route. Equivalent to 69 back-to-back marathons, the team faced temperatures as low as -50 °C and hauled sled loads of up to 200kg each.

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