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South Pole ski return: Ben and Tarka pass Scott’s last 1912 camp

Posted: Jan 31, 2014 05:28 pm EST


(By Correne Coetzer) On the Ross Ice Shelf, Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere entered 79 degrees South on their return journey, and picked up a depot yesterday. Today they plan to pass Bowers, Wilson and Scott’s last 1912 camp, as well as One Ton Depot, Ben reported. The men expect to see land again in the form of Minna Bluff, and perhaps the distant summits of Erebus and Terror in the next day or so as well.


Ben added, “Tarka and I talked a lot today about what it must have been like for Scott, Oates, Wilson and Bowers out here a century ago, and more than a month later into the autumn than we are now.


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Vesa Luomala and Daniel Burton were the last coast-to-Pole skier and cyclist flown out on the 27th via Union Glacier. ANI/ALE made special arrangements with Ben and Tarka to pick them up later than the season’s closing date on January 27.



Place available on a Ski Last Degree next season


Christoph Höbenreich sent over news from Austria that he is organizing another Ski Last Degree South Pole in Dec. 2014 / Jan. 2015, with one place available. “We are already an international team of 5 (2 Austrians, 2 Norwegians, 1 German) – so we have a definite go”, he stated.


Dates: From 29.12.2014 until Jan 16th 2015. Expedition members meet in Punta Arenas on Dec. 30th 2014.

Itinerary is via Punta and Union Glacier.

Ski start: 89° South – skiing110 km across the last degree of latitude to the Geographical South Pole with the legendary Amundsen-Scott station.

Days in Antarctica: 12 days, January 3rd - 14th 2015; total 20 travel days.

Team Size: 5 members + 1 experienced polarguide (Christoph Höbenreich, UIAGM Mountain- & Skiguide, IPGA Polarguide, ex ANI Mt.Vinson-Basecamp manager, 2 x LD North Pole, 1 x LD South Pole)

Temperature Range: -20 to -35°C

Contact: christoph.hoebenreich@aon.at


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Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa: 

To ALCI /TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo 

70° 46’37”S, 011° 49’26”E 


Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America: 

To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier 

79° 45'S, 083° 14'W


Hercules Inlet is located at 80°S near Union Glacier, 1130 km from the Geographic South Pole.

The bottom of the Leverett Glacier, at the Ross Ice Shelf, is located at about 85ºS, a distance of 550 km from the Geographic South Pole.

The Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf (Messner) start is 890 km in a straight line from the Pole.


1 nautical mile (nm) = 1.852 km

1 nm = 1.151 miles

1 knot = 1.852 km/h

1 degree of Latitude is 110 km / 60 nm / 70 miles

Sastrugi are hard snow bumps and can be as high as 10 feet

A nunatak is a top of a mountain visible above the snow surface.


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S82°06.696, E055°01.951

Geographic South Pole: 90 degrees South


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#polar #southpole2013  #southpole2013-14  #antarctica 





Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere near Robert Falcon Scott's last 1912 camp and One Tone Depot. (click image to enlarge)
courtesy 2013 Scott Expedition, SOURCE
Robert Falcon Scott's 1911-1912 route (click to enlarge).
courtesy National Library of Scotland, SOURCE
Ski Last Degree South Pole route; skiers to be dropped by a airplane 110 km from the South Pole.
courtesy Christoph Hoebenreich, SOURCE
Austraian ski and mountain guide, Christoph Hoebenreich has one place available for a Ski Last Degree 2014-15.
courtesy Christoph Hoebenreich, SOURCE