Surviving a 1,800-Mile Journey Through Antarctica

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Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Polar explorer Ben Saunders discusses his planned 1,800 mile journey to reach the South Pole on foot. He speaks with Pimm Fox on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock." (Source: Bloomberg)

Might next guest may be nuts.

In six days he's going to embark on an 1800 mile 110 day return journey on foot to reach the south pole.

This was back in 1912. captain robert scott died on that return trip.

We hope nothing happens like this.

Thank you for coming in.

My pleasure.

What inspired you?

Captain scott's story is still pretty iconic.

He is pretty much a household name in the u.k. as a kid i was aware of the story.

I thought this might be an interesting career path.

In the last 10 years i have been meeting experts.

It became to me just so fascinating that this journey has not been finished yet even everything we have learned.

Gps, clothing, how come this journey still has not been finished?

Did you come up?

There are few reasons.

It is a long way.

1800 miles.

70 marathons back-to-back in the coldest of the windiest, driest place on earth.

You're physically and mentally, it is out of the limits of what is complex.

There are some very extreme conditions.

Even now it is very hard if you get down there for long enough.

How are you training for this?

This is my 11th biggest trip i've ever aspire to.

Some are stepping stones.

I live in london.

I am lucky enough to have land rovers upon this.

There have been big road trips on an extreme part of the u.k.. i notice you mentioned land rover.

Intel also participated.

How are they involved.

We are a high-tech expedition.

We have a level of communication that typically was not even imaginable to people 100 years ago.

We might be there for 10 months.

We are using this one satellite network.

We have two light books, altered books.

We are sending back every evening a blog post, films, we are unfolding in real time.

When is this began?


We have a days in chile and then we will start around the 22nd or 24th until february.

How many people are going to accompany him you?

Just one other.

There are two of us.

We are on foot, wearing skis, jen again -- dragging everything behind us.

Everything you need for four months.

What are you going to eat?

Is about 6000 calories a day.

We have freeze-dried meals.

They are relatively recognizable.

During the day we stop every 90 minutes to eat and drink.

We have custom-made energy bars throughout the day.

6000 calories a day.

What is your biggest fear?

I do not think i really have one.

It is an anonymous trip with a real historical significance.

The kind of gravity of that is sinking in.

This has been a dream for me for more than 10 years now.

At the moment i'm just excited.

I am pinching myself that we are here.

No real beers.

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