A moving article in The Guardian newspaper online today of a real true hero of exploration – the unsung heroes that achieve great ness but remain under the radar of the media – through their own choice. Enjoy the article here as a memory of the man and the incredible Franklin expedition.
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The first of April in the UK is April fools day which “legally” allows you to play a prank on your friends – as long as it’s before 12 noon.
On April 1st 2018 at 12.01 pm I am launching the education program for our Mount Everest Ascent Expedition in 2019. On the 1st April 2019 at 12.01pm I will meet the camera team and together we will make our way to Everest Base Camp (EBC) to begin our ascent – see previous blog on this; https://markwoodexplorerjournal.com/2018/03/10/a-reason-to-climb/
For the first time in my exploration career I have the luxury of a 12 month build up where we can really focus on the documentary and education program.
Continue reading “12 months 2 Go”
The Explorers Club
This week I met with some truly remarkable people through my role as Chair for the Explorers Club – Great Britain and Ireland Chapter.
The Explorers Club is an American-based international multidisciplinary professional society with the goal of promoting scientific exploration and field study. They have Chapters based around the world with Fellows, members and associates joining the closest Chapter.
These people are a mixture of explorers of all disciplines, educators, scientists, film makers, photographers and others! they all have to fall into a certain criteria that can be found on the website https://explorers.org
GB and Ireland event
Continue reading “What is a Terminator?”
I have one year to go until I set foot on Mount Everest once more. I remember in 2013 heading down below the death zone at 7,500 metres and thinking – never again! The journey was so tough, physically and mentally with twists and turns at any given time. I was completely exhausted on my return and was more than happy to plan polar expeditions rather than focus on heading into altitude at that level again.
What ever journey I set out to do I need a reason to explore – if I am going to put myself into situations of stress then the reason needs to be solid. Mount Everest hasn’t really got any technical climbing routes on it so it allows for people like myself, who are not professional mountaineers to attempt it.
Polar exploration is my passion and where I feel comfortable – which means that I like skiing at sea level where the oxygen is pure – I feel uneasy on high mountains like I’m not really in control.
In 1953 the Everest summit route had been established by people such as Tenzing Norway and Sir Edmund Hillary. At that time high altitude climbing appealed only to a certain breed of person. However, due to the pioneers of the late seventies, early eighties a system was developed to allow people like myself to attempt mountains such as Everest. Continue reading “A reason to climb”