Explorers Begin Long Walk to the South Pole

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A two-man team has embarked on a 2,900-kilometer (1,800-mile) walk across Antarctica to retrace the steps of British explorer Robert Falcon Scott. It’s the longest unsupported polar journey in history. (CNN, watch the video below!)

Use our resources to plot their course, or chart your own!

Discussion Ideas

  • Max Foster, the CNN reporter, reminds Saunders that one of the most perilous parts of the Antarctic adventure will be the crushing boredom described by Scott. How would you combat boredom on the long walk to the South Pole? Remember, all your entertainment needs to fit in a backpack!
    • Saunders says he relies on technology unavailable to Scott and his team. In fact, during a horrific snowstorm on a Greenland training excursion, he stayed in his tent and watched the movie Inception!

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