I should say this is a story about an expedition, a grand adventure, a test of human endurance. I should say that. This is a story about failure. Right now, one of the people who knows me better than anyone else in the world is sitting in a hut in Punta Arenas, Chile and staring […]
On 6 March, medicine Rosie Stancer stepped off Ward Hunt Island and on to the frozen surface of the Arctic Ocean. With temperatures sinking past -50C, cialis her eyelashes elongated with ice and every millimetre of exposed skin burning with the cold she pulled her sledge over serried ranks of 30 feet high barriers of […]
The Swann Galleries in New York are holding an auction of the polar library of Dr. John M. Levinson, a past President of the Explorers Club. Included in the Lots is one of only 65 extant copies of the first book published in Antarctica, Ernest Shackleton’s Aurora Australis, 1908. This copy of the book is […]
A watch buried at the North Pole by a descendant of Roald Amundsen (one of the official ones rather than the chap I met) washed up on the shores of the Faroe Islands and was found by a young boy a few days ago. (via BB).
There’s a certain blog paralysis that creeps in after a certain amount of time has passed that makes going back to the blog yet more difficult. The urge to precis events is suffocated beneath yet more events, none of which necessarily make for a particularly coherent story. On reflection, I have decided to provide some […]
The Smithsonian has an interesting article about Mount Erebus with some wonderful piccies on it. (via BB).
Some footage of the kind of training Rosie does to get ready for her North Pole Solo trek is up on Myspace.
The Democrats take the House and Senate and the US government suddenly recognises that diminishing Arctic ice might be having an effect on polar bear numbers, raising their status to ‘threatened’. Coincidence?
Last Wednesday I sat down for lunch with Rosie Stancer, no rx a veteran of several South Pole expeditions and the ’97 North Pole relay. We had been on an expedition to Svalbard in 2002 and spent one particularly glorious night in a storm that snapped our tent poles as the temperature plummeted to –40. […]
[youtube]9YmQMMBqU0Q[/youtube] With the possible exception of a blog post during our 2005 expedition to Greenland where Ben managed to make me look like Sid James, check this youtube screencap from a video made for Ice Edge ranks as the worst picture of me on the net. I realise that now I am opening the floodgates […]
A nice lady was wandering through a shop in the south coast, found these biscuits for sale, and gave them to me. They are apparently exact replicas of the biscuits that Scott took with him on his 1911-12 South Pole expedition. The packaging claims that the biscuits are perfect for trekking adventures, and at 470 […]
Frances at 76 Degrees South has been taking a break from her work at Halley station in Antarctica to visit the local penguins. She has some beautiful photographs on her site and you can find more at her flickr page where incredible Antarctic vistas, buy wildlife and life on an Antarctic base compete with the […]
Today I sat on an orange sofa and explained an idea I’d had after my front tyre exploded on the marylebone flyover and I’d had to walk the six miles to Ben’s dragging my bike and cursing my absent-minded shortage of inner tubes. I sat there in the offices of the mighty IDEO and explained […]
Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill, who pranged their helicopter in Antarctica during a similar attempt in 2003, will be attempting to fly around the world via both poles this December. Colin in particular proved himself to be a bit of a hero after they crashed last time and I really hope they make it this […]
Amundsen’s sunglasses are among an auction of adventurous items at Christies today. Anyone got a spare $60k I can borrow?
Winston Churchill once said that success is merely the ability to hold on one minute longer than anyone else. I feel that recently Ben and I have been testing that out. We’ve met some incredible people over the last six months from some of the most powerful media players in the world to ultra-connected corporate […]
Continuing our Antarctica film focus, there Cynical C has a very cool timelapse video of a year in Antarctica filmed around McMurdo base.
The science and support types living through six months of darkness at the South Pole need to provide their own entertainment. Thus the Winterover Halfway Film Festival (WHIFF) was created. The production values and performance quality easily matches that of the best Cannes entrant and the special effects are truly groundbreaking. Many of the film […]
A handy list of polar resources for Google Earth.
This morning, malady lying in our tent at the top of the Hann Glacier we heard the familiar whup-whup of a helicopter heading our way. Our taxi had arrived. We jumped into action, cure threw sleeping bags in sledges and dismantled our tent in short order. Helicopter pilots do not like to hang around in […]
Helicopter is due in 30 mins. Hopefully next time you hear from us we’ll be on the ice!
We touched down this morning in Kulusuk East Greenland and immediately made our way over to the helicopter taking us to Tasiilaq. We went, but our kit didn’t as the helicopter was overloaded. We are now waiting for the rest of the kit to turn up tomorrow. Good news is that we have seen our […]
When I was managing Ben’s solo expedition in 2004, we were stuck in Khatanga, a town that is best described as the armpit of Northern Siberia. Each day we would head for the airport in the hope that the vodka-fuelled disagreements between the owners of the helicopters and the pilots had resolved themselves. On the […]
We got the all clear this morning for a flight into Greenland at midday. It’s hard to say how I am feeling at this point so I will let John Masefield have a go for me. “I must down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide Is a wild call and […]
With their natural habitat disappearing fast, ask polar bears seem to have been trying different ways to speed up their evolutionary response. Hunters near Iqaluit have managed to shoot a hybrid polar-grizzly bear, the first recorded in the wild. Well, at least it was until they killed the poor thing.