After sending out the 8848 Newsletters to each of the teachers involved in linking with me on the Everest – I inturn received a lot of emails back wishing me well and asking all types of questions. One of these questions really struck a cord with me. The teacher who emailed said that her students wanted to know what I thought True Survival mean’t?
I love looking at old photographs of explorers – in black and white they look so sharp and grand. The main banner picture above is of my old friend Henry Worsley who lost his life a few years ago in Antarctica – a great explorer but also a fun character as you can see.
Every expedition I guide I always say “expect the unexpected” – this week I am hanging around mountains and trying to avoid crowds. I’m in Wales, in a place called Ross-On-Wye which will take me to Brecon eventually.
Stark images of Shackleton’s struggle
Marks note on the following article; this has been taken from the BBC article online to show the 8848 students how important it is to capture the moment of an expedition. If it wasn’t for Shackleton employing Frank Hurley as the expedition photographer then the epic story of survival would have been diluted through time…
In 2007 I was asked to support guide the Top Gear team on their polar special. I spent a week with Richard Hammond in Resolute Bay – high arctic Canada training for the expedition. Soon after the two other presenters James May and Jeremy Clarkson came out to begin their own type of preparation.
Under a blood red sky we cross Oman from North to South through deserts, towns and cities. A contrast to my ice expeditions but time spent well with a good group of friends – we also connected to schools involved with the 3 countries education programme of which you can access here;
ON THIS DATE IN 1916
Easter Monday, 24 April, 1916, the ‘James Caird’ lifeboat was launched from Elephant Island for its journey to South Georgia island. Aboard were six men—Tom Crean, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Tim McCarthy, Henry McNish, John Vincent & Frank Worsley.