Captain Scott’s Birthday

As I was packing my kit last night for my trip to Nepal later today I received an unexpected call from BBC Warwickshire who wanted me to do a little bit of filming in a near by church.

On the 6 June it will be the 150 birthday of Polar Explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott. In this small village of Binton sits St Peters Church just a couple of miles from where I live.

The stained glass in the west window of Binton church commemorates the ill-fated Antarctic expedition of Captain Scott of 1912. The link with this church is that the vicar was Scott’s father-in-law. There are story’s of Scott going to the local school to give talks on his expedition and how the children then followed him on the journey. Back then it would of been incredibly delayed updates weeks or months apart.

As I will be in Nepal on the 6th they pre recorded an interview about my experiences in Antarctica and what Scott meant to me.

Scott was a pioneer of the polar age of exploration and his stories have been taught in schools around the globe inspiring students to understand the importance of stepping into the cold.

I feel privileged to live in snowballs throwing distance of such an iconic figure of polar history.

Author: Mark Wood

An established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet. His next expedition to Mount Everest will involve students from around the globe - this journal was set up to link directly with the teachers, students and the scouts who are involved in the journey.

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