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Ben Saunders: British explorer abandons historic trek across Antarctica | The Independent

‘I need to make my decision based on safety and not let my own determination cloud my judgment,’ he says

British polar explorer Ben Saunders has been forced to abandon his quest to cross Antarctica unassisted after “ferocious” conditions left him without enough food to complete his journey.

Mr Saunders, 40, attempted what he described as the first solo unassisted crossing of Antarctica in memory of his friend Lieutenant Colonel Henry Worsley, who died on an expedition to traverse the Antarctic alone last year.

He aimed to spend 65 days travelling more than 1,000 miles across Antarctica, but was forced to cancel the trip when he arrived at the South Pole on Thursday, after 52 days.

Mr Saunders said he had just 13 days of food for the remainder of the expedition, which he expected to last 17 days, but only with near perfect conditions and unhampered skiing.

Air rescue would also be impossible on certain sections of the final stretch due to the nature of the terrain, he said.

Despite ending his quest, Mr Saunders said he is only the third person in history – and the only Briton – to have skied by himself to both the North and South poles.

Sorgente: Ben Saunders: British explorer abandons historic trek across Antarctica | The Independent

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