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, which I’ll be updating daily via satellite phone from my tent. I’m also @polarben on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

This journey is in large part inspired by my late friend Lt. Col. Henry Worsley, and I’m raising as much money as I can for the charity he chose to support on his final expedition, The Endeavour Fund.

I hope you might consider making a donation to this fantastic charity that uses sporting and adventurous challenges to support the recovery of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women.

Go well.

(Photos are by the brilliant Martin Hartley.)

“Of the gladdest moments in human life, methinks, is the departure upon a distant journey into unknown lands. shaking off with one mighty effort the fetters of habit, the cloak of many cares and the slavery of civilisation, man feels once more happy.” 
– Marcus Aurelius