Project: Survival in Antarctica


Robert Falcon ScottOn 10 February this year, British adventurers Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpinere completed their recreation of Robert Falcon Scott’s 1,795km Terra Nova route from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back…with one critical difference. Scott’s entire party of five died during their 1912 attempt. Ben and Tarka are both still alive, and, other than some frostbite on Tarka’s fingers, are now fit and well. But it was a very close-run thing. In spite of the fact that Ben and Tarka were able to draw on a century’s worth of experience and learning in medicine and physiology of the human body in extreme conditions, polar experts consider the Scott journey to be beyond the limit of human endurance: a killing expedition.

This project delves into the world of expedition medicine to investigate the medical knowledge and planning – as well as the straight-out guts – that helped Ben and Tarka survive in Antarctica.