Event Detail

20
Apr
2021

Skiing to the South Pole: Following Amundsen's route up the Axel Heiberg Glacier

Bob Maxwell
Tuesday, 20 Apr 2021
7.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Webtalk
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Bob Maxwell gives an exciting presentation on his latest ski expedition to the South Pole, which he started in early December 2019 in a team of four. Bob skied for 35 days, a total of 650 km, up the notorious Axel Heiberg glacier, following Roald Amundsen’s route to the South Pole.

He describes the elaborate preparations for this expedition, both in terms of fitness, the large amount of equipment required and the complex transport to the starting point.  He tells the tales of the journey, from storms to broken equipment, and the thrills, spills and endurance required for the lengthy journey.

He has previously skied on the Ronne Ice Shelf, skiing for 40 days and a total of 915 km to the South Pole, during the 2017/18 summer.  He talks briefly about that expedition as well.

Dr Bob Maxwell is from New Zealand and has worked in the outdoor education industry for the majority of his working career, including 10 years at Outward Bound.  In 2018, he was the 25th New Zealander to climb the North face of Mount Everest during his completion of the Seven Summits, climbing the highest mountain on every continent. 

Bob has been involved in five expeditions in Antarctica as well as completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies at Canterbury University.  Bob also has a Doctorate focused on motivating unemployed youth, using outdoor education.


The opinions expressed in this talk are those of the speaker and do not necessarily reflect those of the Royal Geographical Society - Hong Kong.       

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