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The hardest 105 days of my life: Ben Saunders at TED2014

The hardest 105 days of my life: Ben Saunders at TED2014

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On October 25, 2013, adventurer Ben Saunders and his teammate Tarka L’Herpiniere set out to complete Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s failed 1912 polar expedition — a four-month, 1,800-mile journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. At the start of the expedition, L’Herpiniere and Saunders each dragged 200 kilograms by sledge, []

Passion: The speakers in session 10 of TED2014

Passion: The speakers in session 10 of TED2014

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Our passions are what drive us through our lives and our work. What unexpected places can they take us? In this session, seven speakers show the incredible range of answers. Below, the speakers who appeared in this session. Click on a speaker’s name to read a full recap of their talk. Mellody Hobson advocates for financial []

TED2014 newsmakers: Ben Saunders ends Antarctic trek, Jehane Noujaim releases documentary on Netflix

TED2014 newsmakers: Ben Saunders ends Antarctic trek, Jehane Noujaim releases documentary on Netflix

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With just over a month until TED2014, themed “The Next Chapter,” this year’s lineup of speakers has been busy making music, writing books and, oh, trekking across Antarctica. Check out speakers who’ve made the news in recent weeks: On Monday morning, Arctic explorer Ben Saunders completed his 1,795-mile, 105-day trek across Antarctica. This is Saunders’ third attempt []

7 talks about incredible walks

7 talks about incredible walks

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Ben Saunders spent 10 weeks walking from the north coast of Russia to the North Pole, and around to the north coast of Canada. For a full 72 days in 2004, Saunders was the only human being within a span of 5.4 million square miles, surviving an average temperature of -35C in conditions described by []

Skiing to the North Pole: Ben Saunders on TED.com

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As the media team’s vacation draws to a close, we’re highlighting our last archive gem — a lively talk on the raw determination of one adventurous young man. In Ben Saunders’ talk from 2005, he recounts his dangerous journey to become the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole. Of course, Saunders has []

Frugal living through holes

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Perforations, firstly, make stamps easy to tear off. Architects and engineers employ them to create lighter and more breathable structures. Now, graphic designers at Dutch creative agency SPRANQ re-introduce us to the cute doodads as a novel way to save ink. Ecofont, a free sans-serif typeface, is bejeweled with circular gaps along its spines, stems, []

Ben Saunders plans to break another record

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Ben Saunders, who spoke at the 2005 TED Conference about his solo trip to the Geographic North Pole, is heading north again in an attempt to set a world speed record. From Ward Hunt Island in Canada he’ll ski against bitterly cold winds across the Arctic Ocean’s frozen, fluctuating surface. He hopes to complete the []