The Scott Expedition – Antarctica 2013-14
In 2013-14, Ben and his teammate Tarka L’Herpiniere retraced the route of Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition for the first time. Walking from Ross Island, on the Antarctic coast, to the South Pole and back, while hauling 200kg (440lb) sleds with everything they needed to survive 108 days on the coldest, windiest, highest and driest continent on Earth. Ben and Tarka’s three-and-a-half-month, 2,913km (1801 mile) expedition set the Guinness World Record for the longest ever polar journey on foot.
Arctic Expeditions – 2008, 2009, 2011
Over a five-year period, Ben made three further North Pole solo attempts. In each instance, Ben’s expedition attempts were thwarted by poor weather conditions or equipment defects which meant he was unable to start/continue the expedition.
The Serco TransArctic Expedition – North Pole 2004
In 2004, Ben set out to ski solo from Russia to Canada across the frozen Arctic Ocean. He successfully reached the North Pole but on the second leg of the trek – to Canada – the sea ice began to break up and Ben was forced to call for a pick up. This journey has never been completed without support.