March 20, 2008

Ben Saunders: share his 30-day journey to the North Pole

Ben_saunders Just last week I was introduced to Ben Saunders, who responded with a courteous and short email along the lines of: "I'm a little busy at the moment but would love to meet up for a pint." He was, in fact, four days away from starting his 30-day dash to North Pole. Alone.

An attempt to set a new world speed record from Ward Hunt Island to the Geographic North Pole by Ben Saunders. The current record was set in 2005 by a guided team using dog sleds and numerous re-supplies in a time of 36 days 22 hours. Ben’s expedition will be solo and unsupported and on foot. This route has only ever been completed once solo and unsupported, by Pen Hadow in 2003. Ben aims to halve his time and complete it in 30 days. More than geographic exploration, Ben is exploring the limits of his own human potential.

You can follow the trip blog, catch up on his amazing Flickr stream (but probably after the trip ;-), and see what equipment one needs to make this voyage alone.

I'm hoping that, the next time, we might be able to help spread Ben's work to more school children, and bring their aspirations to a high with some of the motivating speak that Ben can offer. Maybe something schools on Glow can enjoy through Marratech video-conferencing, as well as in person. Don't know what I mean? Take a look at Ben's TED Talk, Three Things To Know Before You Ski To The North Pole, and be inspired to get cold and miserable yourself:


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Slightly worried by the fact that he got his satellite beacon from Argos though...

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