Shackleton Centenary Expedition

Will Gow: Why I'm Going II July 02 2007

Having tapped all my friends and family for sponsorship for the MDS I realized if I was ever going to fulfill my dreams of a journey to Antarctica I would need to include the corporates. This was stepping the whole fundraising and adventuring upto the next level.

Slowly the idea of following in Shackleton's footsteps began to formulate - not many people know about the nimrod expedition and the timing was good - plenty of time to get the team together and to train.

My first step was to sign myself up for Paul Landry and Matty McNair polar training course in Baffin Island in March 2004. This was a great success and whet my appetite even more.

The next step was to look for the descendants of the original team to see whether they might be fit and interested in such a journey. As such I mentioned this idea to Alexandra Shackleton who immediately started introducing me to Patrick, Dave and Henry.

My next thoughts were to extend the training - to participate in an endurance race in the polar climes. To my delight Henry Worsley wanted to join me so we signed up to the famous Yukon Arctic Ultra which is a 320 mile self supported race with a cut off time of 8 days. My theory was that if we could cover this distance in 8 days we should be able to psychologically cope with the Antarctic.

The project began to develop and the idea of celebrating the centenary of the Nimrod; fulfilling the legacy by completing the last 97 and giving a lasting legacy for the future by setting up a foundation began to take shape.

I think you know the rest!

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