Diary Archive


Tuesday 1st January 2002

From: London

This final report comes to you from my home in London. Already Antarctica seems a world away, which in many respects it is!

Having almost caught up on my sleep, and with normal life starting to slotting back into place, now is the time to reflect upon my expedition 'South'.

Before going South, my mind was filled with stories for the great people of the past and present: Scott, Shackleton, Byrd... and more recent stories from Paul Rose, former British Antarctica Survey Base Commander, as well as Neil Laughton who lead an expedition in 2001 following in the footsteps of Shackleton. All of these stories, both recent and historical, fuelled my desire to go to Antarctica and to see whales, seals, penguins and the landscape. To my utter surprise, I don't think that the highlight of this expedition was the wildlife. In fact it was the physical environment of rock and ice that impressed me most. On one occasion, having kayaked into the centre of a three-sided turquoise iceberg, it dawned on me how privileged I have been to see such a wild and uncompromising place that man has very little control over.

My mind has also been turning to the people that I met during my journey. These included Kieron Lawton, Rosy Wheelan and Roger Kirkwood, as well as my paddle
partner; a giant of an American called Bob Powell. With his kind nature and his 'Real Meal Deal - True Grit' outlook, I could not have asked for a better partner with whom to share my experience of Antarctica.

I'm not sure how to conclude this report, so I will simply say that the expedition and the people that I met will always hold a special place in my mind. I hope that one day I can return 'South'.

With thanks to everyone who helped me with my expedition,


Photographs from the expedition will start to be posted over the next few days. Website update information will be sent out using the mailing list.



The first photographs from Antarctica will be posted in the next few days.


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