This Christmas, Land Rover Global Ambassador Ben Saunders and team mate Tarka L’Herpiniere celebrated 2 months on the ice in Antarctica. The duo are within their last degree of the South Pole, their half-way point from where they turn around to retrace their steps 900 miles (1,450km) back to the coast. The journey onward took them 63 days and during this time, they braved temperatures as low as -46°C
Retracing Captain Scott’s ill-fated 1910-12 Terra Nova expedition, Ben and Tarka have reached South Pole having crossed Ross Ice Shelf, Beardmore Glacier and the Antarctic Plateau.
On day 39 of their journey they navigated Beardmore Glacier, an 8,000ft climb that took 10 days. Mark Cameron, Land Rover’s Sponsorship Director, said: “I have been following Ben and Tarka’s remarkable progress daily with complete admiration. They are both remarkable men with incredible determination and fortitude. They epitomise all that Land Rover stands for and I am delighted they are doing so incredible well.”
Ben and Tarka head back towards the coast and Scott’s Hut, retracing their steps, and will again take on Beardmore Glacier, and pass Ross Ice Shelf and aim to complete their journey by mid-February. Before undertaking this arduous journey, they undertook an intense 12 month physical training programme at which time Ben’s Land Rover Discovery played a crucial role in taking them to hard to reach places in the UK, Europe and Greenland. Preparation saw Ben use Climatic Development Suite at Jaguar Land Rover. The Climatic Chamber is integral in development of JLR vehicles.