In 1912, British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and four others lost their lives during what they thought was the first expedition to the South Pole – an expedition Ben Saunders and Tark L’Herpiniere aim to recreate and accomplish.
In what was supposed to be a triumphant first, the group arrived at the South Pole only to find a flag stuck in the ice – a Norwegian team, led by Roald Amundsen, had beaten Scott and his group to the pole by 33 days. Tragedy soon followed disappointment for Scott’s outing, as all five members of the Terra Nova Expedition lost their lives on the freezing 3-month return trip to the coast.
Two men are in the middle of recreating The Terra Nova Expedition, but this time they’re aiming for a happier ending. Dubbing it, The Scott Expedition, Saunders and L’Herpiniere are hoping to finally complete what will be the longest unsupported polar journey in history.
Pulling 400-pound sleds, the two explorers are currently on day 18 of an 1,800 mile round-trip trek across the frozen tundra. In total, they expect the journey to take 110 days.
So far they’re averaging under seven miles a day as they make their way toward the Beardmore Glacier, a 100-mile long slab of ice nearly 8,000 feet above sea level. From there it’s 350-plus miles to the pole, and then all the way back.
You can follow the journey on Facebook, YouTube and at The Scott Expedition’s official website