I’m really excited about this. Myself and Si met Ben last year at the Explore conference at the Royal Geographical Society in London and he was a thoroughly nice guy. I hope he succeeds in beating the record of 37 days set in 1911 by a team using dog sleds. And I’ll be eagerly watching his progress via his blog.
I can only imagine what a scary, lonely place the north pole must be. Hazards include hungry polar bears, up to -70 degree temperatures, and the prospect of having to swim across swathes of open water in a dry suit while pulling a sledge.
The technology is available for Ben to blog in real time from the top of the world, posting his thoughts images and videos daily. Its a cruel fact of modern expeditions, however, that although you can phone anyone, anywhere in the world at any time, if you need help, you are on your own. And being on your own in the high artic is probably as lonely as you can possibly get on this increasingly crowded planet we call home.
Here’s his teaser vid, if it doesn’t get the blood racing I’m not sure what will.
Ben Saunders from Ben Saunders on Vimeo.