brian-Shumway-Adventurer-Polar-Explorer-Ben-Saunders-Mens-Journal
brian-Shumway-Adventurer-Polar-Explorer-Ben-Saunders-Mens-Journal

I photographed adventurer Ben Saunders for men’s magazine Men’s Journal just before his recent polar expedition to Antartica. He will be following the route of Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s deadly 1912 Terra Nova expedition. From the story on his expedition by A.J. McCarthy

The Scott Expedition

In the summer of 1910, British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott departed from London on a steamship headed for Antarctica, where he and the men of the Terra Nova Expedition were to become the first team to reach the South Pole. By March of 1912, Scott – along with the four men under his command – was dead, defeated by the elements a mere 200 miles short of his goal.

Now, more than a century later, explorer Ben Saunders and fellow Brit Tarka L’Herpiniere, have set out to retrace Scott’s steps and accomplish what the Terra Nova crew died attempting. If all goes according to plan, they will complete the 1,800-mile trek from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole and back, on foot, without the assistance of dogs or anybody else. It’s a dangerous proposition, but Saunders wouldn’t have it any other way.