Ben Saunders

Ben is a polar explorer, endurance athlete and motivational speaker who has covered more than 7,000km of Arctic and Antarctic terrain in the past two decades.

As the leader of the longest human-powered polar journey in history, Ben will impart his incredible knowledge of what it takes to survive in Antarctica, and teach you the skills of a true polar explorer

Flight

South Africa to Antarctica

We travel in uncompromising comfort across the mighty Southern Ocean in a Gulfstream private jet. During the five-hour flight, the African night turns to day as we soar over thousands of icebergs and pass into 24 hours of continuous sunshine.

Destination: Wolf’s Fang runway.

70º 48’ 00” S 11º 23’ 00” E

Whichaway Camp

Seven heated fiberglass igloos resting at the foot of a glacier have wood floors, writing desks, modern bathrooms with vessel sinks and plush faux fur bedding.

National Geographic 2018
Learn More About Whichaway Camp

Whichaway Camp is unique and the perfect place from which to base your adventure. There are seven state-of-the-art sleeping pods that are heated and designed for two people in each. At just over 6m (20ft) in diameter, they are also spacious, with a writing desk, wash area and toilet.

The rest of the camp comprises a shower pod, kitchen and three centralised pods that make up the reception, lounge and dining room. While the exterior is made from cutting edge materials, the interior has an old-world feel with rich textures. Here you can relax and enjoy the food from our award-winning chef.

Polar Skills

Packing your sled

When skiing to the South Pole, your sled is your lifeline. Everything you need to survive has to be packed inside and Ben will teach you what to pack for your night’s camp out
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6X6 Expedition

The most effective and versatile vehicle in the Polar Regions is the Arctic Truck 6x6. You will be taught by our expert drivers how to handle these machines over the rocks and glaciers of the Shirmacher Oasis
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Nunatak Summit

With the help of crampons, scale a blue-ice glacier and summit the Nunatak overlooking the Schirmacher oasis.
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Polar Campout

Ben will take you camping in one of the most remote places on Earth! Out in the wilderness, you will be able to put your newfound polar skills to the test.
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Mighty Abseil

Experience an exhilarating descent from the summit of a 100m high Nunatak to the ice below.
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Crystal Caves

Explore a stunning system of ice caves and tunnels that are unique to this region.
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Polar Nutrition

In this extreme environment, your body will burn calories at a tremendous rate. Using the latest in dehydrated food, we will teach you how to stay nourished in any weather conditions.
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Ice Climbing

Antarctica is the last frontier with many unclimbed peaks waiting to be conquered. Learn how to scale walls of ice in this most extraordinary environment.
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Glacier Traverse

Learn how to cross a glacier using ropes, crampons and ice axes. Crevasses pose a real danger to polar explorers and Ben will teach you how to keep safe, whilst keeping moving.
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