other great Somerset-based explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes was a decade
younger when he made his successful crossing of Antarctica via the
Pole in 1993.
Murray told presenter Simon White that he never thought he would
appreciate England in the middle of February.
said: "It's not exactly my idea of a winter holiday but there was
a strong sense of achievement arriving there."
businessman from near Frome had to face temperatures of -35°C,
which felt as cold as
-70°C in the biting polar winds.
680-mile trek took the pair from Hercules Inlet on the continental
edge of Antarctica to the South Geographic Pole.
Murray joined Pen Haddow to make the expedition (image courtesy:
Murray says he and Pen Haddow each had to pull a sledge weighing
about 150 kilos (nearly 300 lbs).
said: "We pulled that uphill for eight hours every day. We
had a broken sledge, which made it very tough.
lost my skis in a whiteout. I thought they were strapped to my sledge,
but they weren't.
made it very tough. For the last 200 miles, we were in soft snow,
which was nearly a foot deep.
along in snow that deep without skis is like climbing deep, soft
sand dunes. It was very tough, but we were very well prepared."