Ben Saunders, North  MAR 24 2008

My pal Ben Saunders is headed North, in an attempt to set a new world record for the fastest trip to the North Pole.

The current record was set in 2005 by a guided team using dog sleds and numerous re-supplies in a time of 36 days 22 hours. Ben's expedition will be solo and unsupported and on foot. This route has only ever been completed once solo and unsupported, by Pen Hadow in 2003. Ben aims to halve his time and complete it in 30 days. More than geographic exploration, Ben is exploring the limits of his own human potential.

Unsupported means that Ben will carry everything he needs to make the trip with him from the beginning. Check out the gear he's bringing with him, including the tech he'll use to update his journal along the way. Good luck, Ben!

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