North Pole speed record attempt  MAR 08 2011

Polar explorer Ben Saunders is off again on another expedition. This time, he's trying to break the North Pole speed record, but he's doing it solo and unsupported.

In 2005 a guided team using dog sleds and several air-drops of food reached the Pole in 36 days, 22 hours, and in 2010 a Canadian team reached the Pole on foot in 41 days, 18 hours with one resupply flight. Ben is travelling alone and on foot, and will have no support en route.

Ben's had rotten luck on his last two attempts (broken equipment and spoiled food); here's hoping this time goes a lot better.

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