“This is not a boot camp!” I had to keep reminding the group of 15 Trackers who were expected at breakfast at 7 a.m. togged and ready with sun hats and life jackets a little more than an hour later to board the ‘pangas’ (inflatable dinghies). After a few days such was the enthusiasm to soak up the wonders of the Galapagos that one morning we had disembarked by 6.30 am.
The British Antarctic Expedition of 1907-1909 has never attracted the limelight of Shackleton’s 1914 Endurance expedition. Yet, if any expedition should step out of the wings, it is this. Scott’s 1901 Discovery expedition took the first wary steps onto the stage of the ‘Great Unknown’ but the Nimrod took giant strides, adding a pantheon of ‘firsts’ to the Heroic Age of […]
The polar regions are an artist’s dream and yet provide one of the biggest challenges when translating their ephemeral beauty. Our contemporary artists carry on a tradition a hundred years and more old. Artists like Edward Wilson who died with Captain Scott and George Marston who accompanied Shackleton. True Masters of their trade. “Numerous glaciers calved […]
We have had many geologists travel with us unraveling the mysteries of earth’s magnificent formations. Surely, Namibia where nearly half of its bedrock is exposed and encompasses 2600 million years of Earth’s history surpasses most geologists’ dreams. Two German geologists Henno Martin and Hermann Korn were living in Windhoek, the capital, with their dog Otto, […]
Think of the Arctic and the Norwegian Arctic comes to mind and so might the Canadian Arctic with the Northwest Passage, Greenland or Baffin Bay. But wait, there is a new and exciting Arctic adventure that puts the Ice back in Tracks – the Russian Arctic – and it is all packaged on the stunning […]
A Greenland and Baffin Island Expedition with Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI). Simon Pierse is a painter who was invited to join this expedition last September 2018 to the Artic with his brother, Richard Pierse.
I was convinced that the Eric Marshall book that I have been writing for the past four years, would be plain sailing. It would take some research of the British Antarctic expedition of 1907 to 1909 commonly known as the Nimrod expedition, the bid by four men of the British Empire’s most wanted goal – the South Pole. It was known as the Southern March.
Today, 19th April Joanna Worsley received her late husband’s Polar Medal at Buckingham Palace. Henry’s children, Max and Alicia and Sally his mother were at the ceremony. At the end of the ceremony the family had a private audience with Prince William. Henry Worsley who lost his life crossing Antarctica in the footsteps of his hero Sir Ernest Shackleton, is recognized with the ‘Holy Grail’ of polar exploration – the Polar medal.