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The Scott Expedition is a 1,800-mile, 110-day, unsupported trek from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again, on foot, and following the famous Captain Scott's exact route on his ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition. The leader of the new expedition, Ben Saunders, Skyped with RightThisMinute, and he told us more about his incredible upcoming journey and all the preparations that come before it.

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