Fantastic news – the revised Heard Island Expedition 2016 roster is out and I’ve made the cut so I’m heading south from Cape Town in March 2016.
The team is down to 14 in total from the original 35. It’s going to be an intensive 3 weeks on Heard Island as each of us will have to make a much bigger contribution to maintaining daily operations.
A few days back I was playing around on Google Maps comparing the successful routes to the summit of Mt Mawson. 1965, 1983 and 2000. There’s not many to look over and I was thinking that come year end we would have added 2015 to the list!
The entire expedition team is working to finalise the permit requirements for Australian Antarctic Division. I didn’t expect my involvement to be so intense in the planning stages but right now I have a draft of the Risk Management Plan, the Environmental Policy and 3 field projects on the go as well as negotiations underway with 2 potential sponsors. It’s making me appreciate how work has gone into the project by the team in the USA to get the expedition this far. My effort is just the tip of the iceberg I’m sure.
Have a look at Heard Island compliments of googlemaps. Heard Island is an awesome place. Now zoom out to appreciate just how remote this island is!!
It’s now only 7 months until we sail from Freemantle to Heard Island. In the next week the charter of the vessel Akademik Shokalskiy will be confirmed and the permits from Australian Antarctic Division will be applied for. It’s all go from here on in.
Several weeks back I returned to my local gym to be confronted by scales telling me I had stacked on 7kg’s of “conditioning” while I’ve been resident at the hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. A more strict diet is now in place and my training programme has stepped up a gear. Thankfully I’ve managed to shed 3 kg’s so far as I head back down to the low 80kg’s I hope.
Soon it will be time to start carrying a heavily weighted back pack around the local streets – I can’t wait !!