Packed for Antarctica – an update from Ben Saunders... November 3, 2017 In the starting blocks Hello! It's been a busy week of preparation and packing (the photo above is my sledge with 65 days of food) here in Punta Arenas in southern Chile, and I'm due to fly to Antarctica early tomorrow – Saturday November 4 – to attempt to make the first solo, unsupported and unassisted crossing of the Antarctic continent on foot. This thousand-mile traverse of the coldest place on earth has never been made alone, unsupported (with no resupplies, no air support on route, and no support vehicle), and unassisted (with no use of the wind for kiting or ski-sailing).You can follow my progress at bensaunders.com, which I'll be updating daily via satellite phone from my tent. I'm also @polarben on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. This journey is in large part inspired by my late [...]
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