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Ben Saunders

Kirsty Young talks to polar explorer Ben Saunders.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the polar adventurer Ben Saunders. In his own words he "specialises in dragging heavy things around cold places".

He's one of only three people to have skied solo to The North Pole and he holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey ever on foot.

After traversing Russia and the frozen crust of the Arctic Ocean, his most recent adventure was to triumph where, a century before, Captain Scott and his men failed. Ben successfully retraced that ill-fated Terra Nova route by making the eighteen hundred mile journey through Antarctica-and-back, entirely on foot.

When he's not wrapped up somewhere cold, he is a motivational speaker.

Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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35 minutes

Music Played

  • Edwin Hawkins Singers

    Oh Happy Day

    • The Edwin Hawkins Singers Greatest Hits.
    • Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.
  • Carpenters

    Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft

    • Passage.
    • A&M Records.
  • John Denver

    Take Me Home, Country Roads

    • John Denver’s Greatest Hits.
    • RCA.

    • Philip Glass

      Mad Rush

      • Solo Piano.
      • Sony Classical.
  • Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth

    They Reminisce over You (T.R.O.Y)

    • Mecca and the Soul Brother.
    • ELEKTRA.
  • Seal

    Crazy [Acoustic]

    • The Very Best of MTV Unplugged 2.
    • Universal.
  • London Elektricity

    Just One Second (Apex Remix)

    • Sick Music.
    • Hospital Records.
  • Thinnen


    • Lone EP.

    The Worst Journey in the World by Apsley Cherry-Garrard


    Pen and paper


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Ben Saunders
Producer Sarah Taylor


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