There's something about Ben

May be its his boyish charm and good looks.

May be its his English accent. May be its the fact that in 2004 he trekked solo on foot to the North Pole, becoming the youngest explorer in history to accomplish this feat. May be its his impressive physical fitness – a keen long distance skier, ultramarathoner, mountain biker, and of course, polar explorer.

Mostly I feel connected with the intention behind Ben Saunder’s exploration – to test the limits and push the boundaries of human potential.

Deranged penguins and professional dreamers

Along with seals that sound like Pink Floyd!

Just a few of the fascinating inhabitants of Antarctica, as captured by Werner Herzog in his documentary Encounters at the End of the World. Though that bizarre world seems remote, its mind boggling to consider the effects of climate change on polar ice – and how intricately our futures are tied to theirs.