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The Campfire

Happiness and Success

It struck me as two of my adventurers head home. Jaco Ottink, who has just summited Everest and Gareth Andrews who has just crossed the Greenland Ice shelf unsupported. It brings me back to observations about what makes them who they are and achieve what it is they want to achieve.

Gareth Andrews – Polar Expedition Day 22 to 25

Day 22 – WEST COAST MOUNTAINS! Just peeping over horizon, a very welcome sight and a real boost for the team. Woke to freezing temperatures a real bonus Ice sheet completely frozen, we were like ducklings on a frozen pond, skis arms legs poles going everywhere very amusing. Slushy snow but holding together Saw the ice […]

Gareth Andrews – Polar Expedition Day 21

Day 21 – The final chapter, entering what should be our final week on ice sheet, we’ll find out if we’re going to make it across and whether I should have Brought a snorkel instead of crampons, We’re at 1600m and snow slushy rained yesterday hasn’t dropped below freezing in 2 days. The storms were incredible […]

Gareth Andrews – Polar Expedition Day 16 to 20

Day 16 – met a Norwegian team going from Kangerlussuaq to Isortoq on East Coast, gave us some info on conditions on west coast, warm and wet, not great news. We might have to swim the last part. Great day 33km all the lads putting in a huge effort to make the distance. Beautiful icy fog […]

Gareth Andrews – Polar Expedition Day 12 to 15

Day 12 – 23km and 2300m, a great day. The same cold northwesterly wind but clear skies and good snow. We should reach the highest point of the ice sheet In 2 days then we’ll start to lose altitude again as we head for West Coast. All well, great team spirit. Off to fix my bindings […]

Open Day 7th May 2016 Schedule

Check out The Basecamp this weekend, Saturday 7th May at our Open Day, 8 am – 1pm. This is where Top 20 women’s tennis player, Madison Keys, trained when she came to the Sydney Open. This where ordinary people train for extraordinary things: 2 of our Basecamp members are out on expeditions now: Jaco Ottink […]