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Archive for November, 2011

Arrived at Union Glacier

Arrived at Union Glacier.  Good to be back and see familiar faces.  I am staying here for a day or so to sort out my gear, practice with the ski’s and do some prep work.  I am anxious but excited to start. Mark ‘Georgie’ George

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Heartfelt thank-you’s

Gee this could be a very long blog, but I’ll try to keep it short, and I really want to focus on my own little family unit. To Nicole, my wife, thank you for continuing to allow me to live my dreams.

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From an early age I’ve been fascinated with the polar regions. I recall being inspired by David Attenborough’s documentaries as a boy (amazingly when I left Australia, Attenborough’s latest Antarctic documentaries continued to ‘wow’ audiences).

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At last the snow has been cleared from the ice runway and I’m sitting here in my hotel lobby waiting for my pick up to take me to the big Russian jet at Punta Arenas airport. And then it’s off to ALEs Union Glacier base camp for final gear fine tuning and to get my Antarctic legs again.

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Shopping in Spanish


I sat in the cafe overlooking the supermarket with my glass of warm milk and biscuit. I realised the last time I had a glass of warm milk was when I was seven. I then slowly looked across at my trolley full of surfboard wax, frozen cabbage leaves and nostril cleaners.

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Punta Arenas


I’ve finally arrived in Punta Arenas, the bottom of Chile, and the launching place for the Russian Illyushin 76 jet to offload me onto the ice runway built by ALE.

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South Pole Solo


Hi and thanks for joining me on my big adventure- South Pole Solo.

My key focus will be to try and manhaul a sled on skis from the edge of the Antarctic coast from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole, a journey of around 1154km’s.

My main mission will be to make the right decisions to maximise my safety, and to return in good health. No matter how far I get, I intend to celebrate every day in this amazing environment.

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The Adventure Instinct will predominantly feature interviews with Australian adventurers.


Eric Philips will be helping Pat Farmer complete the final