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Between October 2013 and February 2014, Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere made the first ever return journey to the South Pole from Ross Island on the same route attempted by Sir Ernest Shackleton on the Nimrod Expedition, and by Robert Falcon Scott on the Terra Nova Expedition. At 1,795 miles (2,888 km) the Scott Expedition is the longest human-powered polar journey in history. Saunders and L'Herpiniere set out from Ross Island on 26 October 2013, reached the South Pole on 26 December 2013 and finished their expedition at Ross Island again on 7 February 2014 (105 days).

Pushing the outer limits of physical and mental endurance the Scott Expedition is the longest polar man-haul in history and will be the next chapter in one of the greatest stories of polar exploration ever told.


To learn more about Ben and Tarka's journey, visit their official web site at

I followed Ben and Tarka via Twitter and their blog through the enitre journey, and was extremely proud of both of them when they crossed the finish line.

They had pushed the envelope of human physical and mental endurance, and emerged true champions.


Shortly after, I created a custom commemorative sign in which I donated to The Scott Expedition's leader Ben Saunders, which to this day is hanging in his office.

Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions has been the world leader in polar adventures for over two decades and successfully operated many first-ever passenger voyages to Antarctica, and the Arctic including the Circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent and the first Weddell Sea voyage, the first Transpolar Bridge across the North Pole, and the first Northeast Passage.


For more information on Quark Expeditions, visit their web site at

I am proud to announce that since 2014, VASSdesign art work is being displayed and is available for purchase aboard Quark Expedition vessels on both Antarctic and Arctic voyages. It is a thrill knowing that some of my work has made it to the far reaches of both ends of the world!

Take a moment to read this wonderful article about me written by Quark Expeditions:


In 2015, a design I created won 1st place, and became the new Sledge Flag for the Sir Ernest H. Shackleton Appreciation Society.


At the 21st Anniversary of the James Caird Society in London, England, the Honourable Alexandra Shackleton, grand daughter of Sir Ernest Shackleton, was presented with a donation and introductory letter from me, something I had always hoped to do. It was received with much appreciation and admiration from all members present. The donation was signed by Alexandra, and will be auctioned as a special item to raise money for polar charities. What an honour!
Much gratitude to Seb Coulthard, and Stephen Scott-Fawcett for making this happen!

In 2019, I was honoured when asked if some of my colourized photographs from that era could be published in an edition of The James Caird Society Journal, in the UK.

They can be found in the October 2019 #10 edition of the journal, courtesy of editor Stephen Scott-Fawcett.

To see more about my colourization work, visit the "Colouring History" section of this site.

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Pete talks about his support in the campaign to have Kerry Airport renamed Tom Crean Airport in his honour.

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