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Follow in Fogle's footsteps

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19 April 2011

To mark the occasion, adventurer and broadcaster Ben Fogle has been given exclusive access to Scott's hut, a former expedition outpost on remote Cape Evans in Antarctica.

Working alongside a dedicated team of conservations under extreme conditions, their mission was to restore Scott's weather beaten hut and its artefacts - numbered at some 10,000 - without disturbing the past.

The structure has remained virtually untouched for the past 100 years and international efforts are currently underway to preserve the hut and its artefacts for future generations. It is in many ways a time capsule of precious remains and historical significance.

"Captain Robert Falcon Scott has been a hero of mine since before I can remember," says Fogle.

"So many books have been written about his race to the South Pole in 1911 but, a century on, all this new information is coming to light. It's an extraordinary opportunity to see a part of Scott's world that's been lost for 100 years and to learn more about the man I've idolised for most of my life."

To mark the centenary of the ‘Race to the Pole', Orion Expedition Cruises is operating a once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic expedition.

The voyage to the Ross Sea region includes visits to Scott and Shackleton's surviving huts. The 21-day round-trip departs Bluff (Invercargill), New Zealand aboard a purpose-built expedition ship, complete with oversized stabilisers, retractable sonar and ice-strengthened hull.

Click here for a detailed itinerary or to discuss this centenary celebration with a New Zealand specialist, call 020 7838 5967.

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