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Scott Expedition returns from Antarctica

February 20th, 2014
02:47 PM ET

Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere say they’ve set a record for the longest polar journey on foot.

For four months they traveled in freezing conditions, dragging about 200 kgs each. "We never had an easy day," Saunders tells us.

Connect the World has been following their epic journey all along – from their departure in October, to this week’s emotional family reunion.

In 1910, Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his team set off on the same journey, but died in the last stage after running out of food.

Even after consuming nearly 6,000 calories a day, L'Herpiniere and Saunders each lost nearly a quarter of their body weight.

While they're delighted with their achievement, they're also still processing the magnitude of it. "It was a journey that defies any description... it was a challenge that brought us both to our very limits."


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