Gareth Owain Andrews
Nickname: The Guvna
Gareth Owain Andrews
What wilderness sports/adventures are you into?
Polar Expeditions / Mountaineering / Ultra marathon running
Other activities /Hobbies?
Trail running / Adventure Racing / Paddle boarding / Kayaking Surfing / Snowboarding / Rugby / Wilderness and Expedition Medicine
What do you do for a living?
I’m a Doctor specialising in Anaesthetics
Tell us about you? Give us a potted history of your journey so far?
I was born in a blizzard on a small island called Mull on the West Coast of Scotland. It was the coldest Winter on record and the first time that sea ice had formed in the bay around our small island community.
In search of warmer climbs we moved to Cornwall where I grew up surrounded by fields, cliffs and beaches. Coming from a proud Welsh family I spent most of my younger years playing rugby. Eventually winning a Scottish cap, bringing mixed emotions in those family members who had hoped that I might pull on a red jersey (mostly my Nana).
I moved to Sydney in 2003 to study marine biology at Sydney University. I met my beautiful wife Andrea in 2005 and Sydney was fast becoming my new home. On completion of my marine biology degree I stayed at Sydney University to read medicine and graduated in 2010.
I’m now half way through my specialty training in Anaesthetics at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst.
We’ve lived in Fairlight for 6 years and couldn’t be happier.
List your Adventures and achievements so far?
2015 Cerro Solo ascent (2121m), Patagonia
2013 Magnetic North Pole Expedition – 600km from Resolute Bay on foot across the sea ice and tundra of the High Arctic.
2011 Annapurna Mountain Ultra marathon, Nepal – 250km unsupported
2010 Atacama Desert Ultra marathon, Chile – 250km unsupported
2010/2012 – The North Face 100, Blue Mountains
How long have you been training at Joe's Basecamp?
Since it opened in 2015 and before that Joe’s Garage since it opened.
whats your favorite training?
Hard conditioning sessions. Especially those with multiple varied exercises – rope climbs, tyre flips, cleans, thrusters.
Whats the worst thing Joe and his crew make you do?
The airdyne assault bike – there’s no hiding on that thing. Stretching.
What does a training day look like for you?
This is an ideal training day – (however, I work nights, evenings and weekends so I often just get the training in when I can)
5am – Endurance, Typical session 12km: Beach tyre pulling/Running – Pull 2km, Run 2km etc up to 12km Work and eating
4.45pm - Foam Rolling and Stretching
5.30pm – Strength/Conditioning at the Joes Basecamp
If you could be stuck on a mountain or in a tent with anybody who would it be and why?
My Dad – he’s a legend.
What are your strengths?
Drive and Determination – there’s not much you can’t achieve without them
What are your weaknesses?
Tell us a secret?
Colonel Sanders 11 secret herbs and spices that make KFC so finger lickin’ good are –
What is the key to happiness?
What are you reading?
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan (one of the best books I’ve ever read)
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know – Ranulph Fiennes (for the third time)
What do you watch?
Game of Thrones (obviously)
The Last Kingdom
Films – Deadpool
180 degrees South
What are you listening to?
The Guillemots – Hello land!
Jurassic 5 – Feedback
Ozomatli – Place in the Sun
Eddie Vedder – Into the Wild
What is the one thing that you always take on an adventure/expedition/trip?
Dave – he’s a small yellow duck (now slightly brown). My Mum gave him to me before I left for Borneo when I was 18 and he’s been on every adventure with me since.
What is the one piece of advice you would give any would be adventurer?
Decide what it is you want to do, have an unwavering belief that you can succeed and work tirelessly until you achieve it. Surround yourself with likeminded people who are encouraging and believe in you. Ignore the nay-sayers.
What does living a life of adventure mean to you?
What next? What are your next goals?
2016 – An unsupported crossing of the Greenland Ice Sheet, 600km from East to West.
2017 – South Georgia
2020 – Unsupported crossing of the Arctic Ocean via the North Pole