Ben has set off for the South Pole
Having been delayed due to bad weather Ben was flown to Hercules Inlet on the Antarctic Coast on 16th November and is now on his epic 702 miles (1,130km) expedition to the South Pole. Each day Ben will update the blog below and record an audio diary. Track his progress on the Antarctic ice and snow on the map below.
Follow Ben’s progress across Antarctica here, with daily audio updates and photos from the ice.
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Extremely happy with how today went, with two consecutive days of best distances covered. Today eas just what I needed. This time, all in the right direction! Got up a little bit later than I wanted. Spasms in my shoulders and neck kept waking me up, but the new supply of painkillers soon helped! I left the tent at around…Keep reading
At moments like this, it really is important to focus on the positives. Am half sitting, half lying in the tent, still breathing a bit heavily… it was ultimately a good day, but it has taken me some time to be able to describe it like that. The day started off brilliantly. Not much pain, really great progress. 14km to…Keep reading
Strange beginnings, deafening roar 20km and the Killers as music debate of the day and live opening of Advent Calendar on audio diary! Another day and another 20km done! It was a good but, as always, tiring day though the conditions were good. Clear sky with a stiff head wind. I had to adjust my course to head more SSW…Keep reading
Such a lovely day today! Okay a little wind at the start but nothing too strong. Very clear and sunny – sun always to my back of course. Progress continues, with another 20.5km… a little less than yesterday, but good all the same. Not sure in kilometres how much I have done in total though the GPS says 123 nautical…Keep reading
I really am not entirely sure what day am on! I think day 17 of the expedition. There again it might be 18 Time is blurring and, with there being no “night”, all the days just merge together. On this subject of time. It really is what we make it to be here in Antarctica. I decided on my rest…Keep reading
The strong winds from yesterday increased over night. The clear blue skies were replaced by dense cloud and heavy snow. Not nice conditions so with the neck “problem”, I decided to stay put today. Doing exercises, trying to massage it, using the hot Nalgene bottles on the muscles, and reviewing medical stocks…. I have spoken with the ALE team and…Keep reading
Putting the pain aside, today was pretty decent. Windy: strong south westerlies so pretty much going into my face. After the first hour of blanket cloud cover it became perfectly clear. The first hour was spent thinking… is it really going to clear? No whiteout today? Really?!?! So it was nice when it cleared up. I am not a fan…Keep reading
18km It started off okay, with stiff winds and a bit cloudy. However within an hour, the Antarctic clouds descended and it was just skiing through a whiteout from then on. Tough but okay progress, another 18km down. Unfortunately though… and I am so sorry to come back to this… the pain in my neck and shoulders is becoming… well,…Keep reading
A hard but rewarding day. This is really a nice landmark to reach! I started off at S80 degrees, and had been slow and literally tortured progress. Sometimes it has just been so hard and undermining the confidence with the pain and the enforced rest days. The neck pain remains with the number of painkillers left in the kit going…Keep reading
Oh, wow today was hard!! Really hard! It started off with very strong winds to greet me as I had to pack up the tent, just to bid me good morning! It was bright at least at the start. This however soon changed as clouds sped overhead. Within an hour or so visibility deteriorated to a complete whiteout. I never…Keep reading
14.5km/ 9miles Last night… wow! That was a terrific storm. As expected, it reached its strongest from around 3-5am and it really was strong. Very happy with the tent – always felt very stable and no problems at all. I have doubled up the guy lines and the tent poles to increase its strength, and yup, all very steady in…Keep reading
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