Our last camp

From Alan….

Tonight we make camp for what should, barring any surprises, be our final night before we reach the South Pole. All members of the team will be deep in thought this evening.

For Hannah, this will be the sixth time reaching the pole. But, for Rich, Andrew, and me this will be the culmination of over two years of endevour.

From my perspective, the overriding emotion is probably relief. Not relief to be leaving Antarctica (although I think my wife may disagree), but rather relief that all of the various elements of the expedition meshed to allow us to succeed.

From fundraising to training to seemingly endless days of skiing, and the quiet prayers that our equipment will stand up to the fierce conditions – it looks like we are finally within inches of our goal.

Along with the relief, there is a sense of humility. Having the opportunity to be here, in such a special place with the knowledge that this challenge is of our own choosing – and how people supported by Sightsavers and Guide Dogs have a far greater challenge than skiing to the South Pole.

All of us are dreaming of a hot shower, a beer, and of course to see our loved ones. Thanks to all for the tremendous support! Onwards, for the last time, to the Pole!!

7 thoughts on “Our last camp

  1. You truly are the “three musketeers”. An achievement that is truly remarkable, especially for you, Alan, and for Sightsavers and Guide Dogs. This will live with you all forever and perhaps will have changed your lives and others in more ways than you realise. Really proud of you all and a special thanks to Hannah who I am sure has been so supportive and encouraging a real achievement for her too on her sixth trip to the South Pole. Well done to all of you.

  2. We have followed you every day and are so proud and relieved that you are only a few hours from completing what has been an epic journey. Try as we might we are unable to truly imagine what a task this has been for you all. A Band of Brothers led by a phenominal Sister. Thank you to the entire team -you really are amazing-hard to express the emotions in this house and tomorrow we will celebrate with you all. Vanessa xx

  3. Your endurance is incredible. Wow! Finally there. Andrew, I was telling your dad there was not as much snow in the San Juans too, but Silverton Mtn. still has 4 feet. The mild days in Silverton start at 4 above and skyrocket to 50 plus. Heat wave! Hope to see you when you return.

    Mace

  4. Dear All,
    I was sitting here today thinking about how wet and windy it is today and how glad I was to be inside keeping dry. then my thoughts turned to the ‘nutters’ who are walking their way to the South Pole in aid of good causes. 38 days on the ice/snow is an amazing achievement and I for one will be raising a toast when you get there.
    Absolutely amazing effort (there aren’t enough words to describe this achievement).

    As Gary Barlow would say on X-Factor “Well Done!”

    Alastair

  5. WATCH BBC POINTS WEST TONIGHT 6.30PM AS ALAN’S WIFE ESTHER AND HIS DAD TALK ABOUT POLAR VISION AND THE TEAM-IF ALL GOES TO PLAN. THEY HAVE THE SAT PHONE NUMBER SO MAY TRY TO TALK AS WELL

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