Ben Saunders and his fellow adventurer, Tarka L’Herpiniere, are only days away from departing on the longest unsupported polar journey in history. The Scott Expedition will attempt to re-trace and complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott's 1,800 mile (2,900 km) Terra Nova Expedition route from Ross Island to the South Pole and back.
The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is one of the key polar scientific puzzles for projecting the consequences of climate change. WAIS holds a potential 11-20 feet (3.3-6 meters) of global sea level rise and is inherently unstable because it is grounded on rock that lies well below sea level.
With just one month to the Antarctic winter solstice, the South Pole is shrouded in darkness and temperatures have plummeted below -100F (-73C). And with the extreme conditions come spectacular displays of Aurora Australis, Yukimarimos, and 300 Club activities.