Ben Weber reached the South Pole 01.30 local time, 04.30 UK
Scottish adventurer succeeds in inspirational 700 miles solo expedition to the South Pole
On 13 January 2023, Ben Weber reached the South Pole after an epic 700-mile solo trek across the Antarctic ice and snow. Pushing himself to the limits Ben endured a brutal 18-hour last day to reach the Pole.
During his mammoth challenge, Ben encountered -40c wind chill, white-out conditions, driving snowstorms, and miles of strength-sapping ragged ice fields and crevasses.
Follow Ben’s progress across Antarctica here, with daily audio updates and photos from the ice.
Please donate to Ben’s chosen charity, Cancer Research UK
Solo to the South Pole Carrbridge Hotel Thursday 23rd February 7.30-9.00 Illustrated talk by Ben Weber who recently returned to Carrbridge after succeeding in a 58-day, 700 mile solo expedition to the South Pole. This will be Ben’s first talk on his epic solo expedition to the South Pole. Ben will share his thoughts and reflections of the challenge of…Keep reading
The 57 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes it took me to ski the 700 miles from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole were, to sum up in one word, intense. Every day presented incredible challenges. From the steep climbs up from Hercules Inlet at the start when the sled was at its heaviest, to the gradual climbs up towards…Keep reading
Oh wow! Wow wow wow wow wow The |South Pole . 90 degrees south!!!! I am still pinching myself! I am so exhausted. After starting skiing at 7.40am, I finally arrived at the South Pole the following day Friday 13th January at 1.30am, 18 hours later. That’s a sizeable day in anyone’s language !! I’ve made it to the Bottom…Keep reading
It started when my alarm woke me up at 4am, though on thinking that I only had three more kilometres to ski than the previous day, and I wouldn’t have to worry about cooking or anything like that, I put off getting up for another hour. Still, I merged two days’ worth of snacks (all I had left) into one…Keep reading
I am so close now. It was hard to sleep last night. Despite it being -30C outside, in the tent it must have been around 20C! It wasn’t possible to stay in the sleeping bag: way too hot. I ended up lying on top of it in my base layers with all the doors open to try and ventilate and…Keep reading
The conditions now on my part of the plateau are incredible. An absolutely beautiful day. -29C but you’d hardly be able to tell as skiing away, pulling the sled: soon after starting, I had to open up all the zips on my layers to make sure I didn’t overheat. Even during the breaks, I didn’t need to put on any…Keep reading
Hopefully, the difficulties of the last few days are behind me now. Today was… good! Cold again at -29C but I wouldn’t expect anything much warmer than that now up here on the plateau, though there was a bit of stiff headwind, with windchill down to -40C. Absolutely had to make sure that no skin was exposed to the air!…Keep reading
Thank you to you all, everyone who has sent me wishes, given their support, made jokes, and helped give me strength. Last few days have been tough Seriously. The last few days have been tough. I felt like crying a couple of times because of the stress, the strain on my body, the pains in my neck, and the feeling…Keep reading
Yeah, am going through a bit of a tough patch at the moment. Am at S88 55, which means I am five nautical miles away from the last degree; 65 nautical miles away from the Pole (at a rough guess around 75 miles). So close! Yet it really does feel so far away. All too happy to setup the tent…Keep reading
Today was pretty tough. The conditions were lovely; around -25C with very little wind, and I thought as I packed up the tent and sled that I’d be able to get a good distance in. How lovely it would have been had that been the case! Weighed down Right from the off, Sledmund felt like he weighed as much as…Keep reading
After I sent the last blog post and prepared to get into my sleeping bag and go to sleep last night, I had some pretty bad cramp in my legs. I also woke up pretty achy this morning, so decided to take the day off to recover. Which has been nice. I have been thinking about it for a few…Keep reading
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