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Noodlefish
07-26-2012, 09:13 AM
Apologies for the cross-post, but I know Piers couldn't make last night, so thought he wouldn't mind...



In October Ben Saunders leads a three-man team setting out to make the first return journey to the South Pole on foot. At 1,800 miles and four months, Scott 2012 will be the longest unsupported polar journey in history and the first completion of Captain Scott's ill-fated Terra Nova expedition - Scott2012.


Last night I attended a talk by Ben Saunders, Bremont Ambassador and polar explorer, at the new Bremont Boutique. It was the first of a series of regular (monthly-ish) talks by Bremont Ambassadors, explorers, adventurers, designers, etc as part of Bremont's Explorers Club (not sure that's the name, but I'll use it until corrected). The event was well-attended by Ben's other sponsors - Land Rover, Drum Cussac, etc - and the champagne was supplied by Mumm. Good friends were also present, in the shape of Nick, Giles, Sarah, Drew, David and Irena, as well as Tim from Fly Navy Heritage Trust (sporting a rather nice P-51). Tim mentioned that they have just received a Supermarine Seafire - but that's another story.

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Polar Ben (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noodlefish/7646257488/) by Noodlefish (http://www.flickr.com/people/noodlefish/), on Flickr

Ben is planning an attempt to reach the South Pole, following Scott's epic 1,800 mile route - a route on which Scott and his team famously perished in 1912. The route remains the longest trans-polar trek ever attempted, and crosses the Ross Ice Shelf, before heading up the Beardmore Glacier (c10,000ft above sea level). At the start of the expedition, Ben and his two teammates will be dragging sleds weighing 200kg, and will set up depots / drops on the way out to ensure a relatively smooth ski home.

Ben was wearing his tried and tested Bremont Supermarine 500 - a watch that's been used on many of Ben's recent polar attempts and training expeditions, where the watch (and Ben) have been subject to -48C temperatures.

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(Photo from Piers - Ben was rocking the S500 on "NATO" again)

Ben announced that he would be wearing a Bremont during Scott2012 - but that he couldn't reveal which one. A super-secret new model, perhaps? The new 45mm Supermarine? A weather-sealed and rubber-mounted chrono? Who knows. Certainly not me - and Giles and Nick weren't giving anything away!

As part of the Explorers Club, Ben also signed the new "soapbox", the occasional speaking platform in the corner of the Boutique.

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Ben Saunders (http://www.flickr.com/photos/noodlefish/7646258312/) by Noodlefish (http://www.flickr.com/people/noodlefish/), on Flickr

If you haven't popped in to the Boutique yet, you're missing out. It's on South Audley Street in Mayfair. They had a gold and stainless steel Victory on display last night.


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Alt1tude
07-26-2012, 07:13 PM
Many thanks for the post Mat! Looking fwd to seeing what he'll be wearing.

That soapbox is defo going to get an alt1tude felix drawn on it when I go!

Bravo73
02-18-2014, 10:35 PM
FYI, Ben Saunders is about to be interviewed by Paxman on Newsnight tonight.