“As of 1.15am GMT Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere have officially completed their world-record breaking return journey to the South Pole & back following in footsteps of Captain Scott.
This is the first time Scott’s route has ever been completed; and marks the end of the longest polar journey on foot in history.”
As a patron for this journey, I was able to see two men set goals, handle hardship and thankfully succeed in what they set out to do. So often we talk about setting goals and completing them but rarely does one think about the actual process in the middle that can lead to failure. Ben and Tarka were beat and battered on this journey, as we watched for the comforts of warm hotel rooms or our homes, we questioned how they would get past some pretty sticky situations that were handed to them… but they did it and they did it well.
Throughout all of this, let us not forget the purpose of this expedition. It wasn’t called The Scott Expedition to memorialize a great explorer who originally walked that same route, only not to finish. Today, Ben and Tarka took on a great act to commemorate these who journeyed before them and to remember them every footstep past where they met their ill fate in 1912.
Congrats to all who made this historic and record breaking journey a success!