Adventure is worthwhile – Aristotle
The Australis is now anchored in Fortuna Bay revelling in some cracking good weather. While we’re enjoying the sunshine and ridiculously mild 8 degree temperatures – the weather up where Tim, Baz and Paul are could be different. The weather patterns here are notoriously difficult to predict. Just minutes ago the wind was gusting at 45 knots from the west, a few seconds later it was blowing 5 knots from the south – a real Jekyll and Hyde act.
The trio of troopers have passed Breakwind Ridge (yes that is the real name of their current location and no, it never stops being funny) and are now heading towards Stromness – the final port of call in this epic expedition. At times, I am sure they would have had a head filled with doubts about why they are doing this. Despite the physical and mental hardships endured, the dark hours and times of desperation, it would be easy to forget that adventure indeed is worthwhile. But that’s the thing about challenges – at the time it may seem an impossible trial to get through but upon reflection it almost always seems like the finest hour of life. Perspective does that, it’s a real softener. At the time, it’s like you’re viewing events under a harsh microscopic lens, but in retrospect the very same event appears in soft focus. It may take these guys a while (and a few drinks) to get to that stage, but I am confident they will, at some point.
In an expedition with more twists and turns than a game of snakes and ladders, it’s been hard to forecast anything. I’ve long since given up trying to predict any outcomes, however I feel safe in saying that the arrival of Tim, Baz and Paul into Stromness is imminent. I just spied them through some binoculars – they are but tiny specks in the distance but they are all together and moving in the right direction. Stay tuned for further updates!
- by Jo Stewart, Shackleton Epic blogger