Ben Saunders


"I used an A5
Moleskine as a logbook/diary on last year’s expedition – it had laminated
navigation/timezone calculations, important telephone numbers and the codes for
ARGOS satellite beacon glued inside the front cover,
while the wallet pocket inside the back cover held photos, letters and a few
other sentimental bits and bobs. I started writing my diary in the front, and
filled the back pages with lists of things I was going to do when I got home –
books to read, films to watch, food to eat, improvements to make to kit, thank
you letters to write and a whopping great ‘life goals’ list that stretched for
several pages.


As you can
probably tell by the rambling, the sponsor situation for the next expedition is
still up in the air, so I’m keeping schtum for now. More on that soon, but for
now, Robert Peary sums it up best:

‘I cannot tell
you how I long for the good old times when souls were a marketable commodity
and always in demand by the Devil. I would trade mine very quickly for the
money to get to work at once on my preparations.’

Ben Saunders

Ben Saunders is
a record-breaking long-distance skier. He is the youngest person ever to ski
solo to the North Pole (at 26) and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic
journey by a Briton. Between 2001 and 2004, in three expeditions, he has skied
more than 2,000km (1,250 miles) in the high Arctic
, often solo. Ben’s next
expedition starts late 2005.