SOUTH | July 21, 2005

British explorer and blogger, Ben Saunders will be setting out next year on his most dangerous journey to date. He will be attempting to complete Scott’s ill fated 1911-1912 Polar expedition, and in doing so, become the first person to return from the South Pole on foot.

In typical explorer style, Ben is currently looking for patrons to help fund the trip. However rather than courting wealthy dowagers he is taking the thoroughly modern approach of micro-patronage. So if you want to be part of this epic 1,800-mile, four month expedition, why not sponsor a mile of the trip. Slightly more bragging rights than sponsoring the neighbours kid in his school egg-and-spoon race.

Posted at July 21, 2005 8:43 PM


Zachary Lewis said on July 22, 2005 2:22 PM

Wow… that trek is insane. I would love to be in on that.

Andy Budd said on July 22, 2005 3:33 PM

Considering the last people who tried it died in the process, I think I’ll pass. I don’t do cold anyway, which is why I live about as far south in the UK as possible without getting my feet wet.

Pauly D said on July 23, 2005 7:06 PM

Personally, I think it’s a waste of time. He could be spending that time doing something a little more worthwhile like breaking the Guinness Book record for “guy who ate the most ice cubes in 24 hours.”

If he’s reading, I hope he listens to me.

David Martin said on July 27, 2005 8:51 PM

Insane or not, his reasoning is sound. He mentions that this is really “a story about daring to dream really big dreams”, and who can argue with that lesson?

Rob said on July 28, 2005 9:51 AM

I’m off hiking in wales next weekend. Now who’s brave aye!