Polar classification scheme sheds light on bold expeditions that never were

Polar classification scheme sheds light on bold expeditions that never were

System aims to uncover whether unsupported crossings had no human help and verify accuracy of record-breaking feats

“Polar exploration,” said Apsley Cherry-Garrard, the companion of Capt Robert Falcon Scott, who later found the Antarctic explorer’s body, “is at once the cleanest and most isolated way of having a bad time that has yet been devised.”

But while previous generations of polar travellers devised their own rules for their gruelling journeys, a new certification scheme has been launched after growing controversy over allegedly inflated claims of exploits at the Earth’s two poles.

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