Following the “Scott Expedition” in Google Earth

Just over 100 years ago, Robert Scott made his famous expedition to the South Pole.  Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere are currently re-tracing the route of Captain Scott, and Dj from OffroadingHome has built some excellent Google Earth files to help track their journey:

I, like many others, are following “the Scott Expedition” currently underway on Antarctica. Frustrated by the lack of topography on the satellite images in Google Earth, I began creating a “resource map” containing all the waypoints and overlays that I could find for Antarctica. It grew and has helped me greatly as I “armchair explore” along with Ben and Tarka.


His file is very comprehensive, including the current location of the explorers, the Scott Expedition trail, Captain Scott’s original trail, buildings, bases, glaciers and many other items.  If you have any interest in this new expedition, Dj’s file is an excellent tool to compliment their journey.

You can download the KML file here, or read more about it on the OffroadingHome blog.

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


  1. Thanks for the shout out Mickey. The map you referenced continues to be upgraded all the time. The latest version contains an overlay of all the Antarctic time zones – theoretically both it and the north pole should contain every zone; but, despite GEs difficulty in plotting image overlays over the poles, I’ve got an amazing polar overlay with time zones you wouldn’t expect. The best way to always get the latest version of the map is this link: Google Earth Antarctica Resource File.

  2. If you like Antarctic expeditions, try Amundsen’s 1910-1911 South Pole Expedition at:

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