Ben Saunders


The Scott Expedition

An 1800-mile return journey to the South Pole

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Polar Explorer • Endurance Athlete • Motivational Speaker

Ben Saunders is one of the world’s leading polar explorers, and a record-breaking long-distance skier who has covered more than 7,000km (4,350 miles) on foot in the Polar Regions since 2001. His accomplishments include skiing solo to both the North and South poles, and leading The Scott Expedition, the longest human-powered polar journey in history – the first completion of the expedition that defeated Captain Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton – a 105-day round-trip from Ross Island on the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

Last Night in Antarctica

I’ve just heard a rumour that the Ilyushin aircraft that will take me from Antarctica back to Punta ...



I’m still very near the South Pole, currently sat in a folding camp chair by a heater in ...


At the Bottom of the World

I reached the South Pole in the early afternoon UK time. Fittingly, the day started in a complete ...


Buildings on the Horizon

It appeared that my Christmas allowance of sunshine had come to an end this morning, as I woke ...


Boxing Day

Blue skies again today, and the best conditions I’ve had on the entire expedition so far. The surface ...


Blue Sky Day

My Christmas day started (once I’d made my breakfast and hot drinks for the day) with a satellite ...