Tim Jarvis thanks the expedition team: Skipper Nick Bubb, Navigator Paul Larsen, Expedition Bosun Petty Officer Seb Coulthard RN, Mountain Leader WO2 Barry Gray Royal Marines RSM, and Climber/Expedition cameraman Ed Wardle – “a better team you’d be hard pressed to find” says Tim.
Tim also thanks the Alexandra Shackleton boat-builders Nat Wilson and his team at the International Boatbuilding Training College who deserve great credit; as well as The Hon Alexandra Shackleton (our expedition patron and granddaughter of Sir Ernest) both for having asked him to lead the expedition and for receiving the award on his behalf in London on 11th March. Thanks go out to everyone in the Shackleton Epic community, and family, friends and supporters.
ABOUT TIM: Tim Jarvis AM has previously completed a re-enactment of Sir Douglas Mawson’s 1912 trek across Antarctica in an attempt to answer some of the questions and controversies surrounding Mawson’s tragic expedition. The best-selling book and award-winning documentary of the same name, Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica (When Hell Freezes Over on UK Channel 4), is Jarvis’ account of the re-enactment and his struggles to overcome extreme isolation, physical deprivation and his own self-doubt. Jarvis is also the author of another best-selling book, The Unforgiving Minute, about his first three polar expeditions. With Masters in both Environmental Science and Environmental Law, Tim was conferred a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to environment, community and exploration in the 2010 Australian honours list and was made a Fellow of the Yale World Fellows Program, 2009 based on his international leadership in the field of environmental sustainability. Jarvis holds the record for the fastest unsupported journey to the South Pole and the longest unsupported journey in Antarctica in 1999. Tim was awarded the Australian Geographic Society’s Adventurer of the Year Award for 2013, and is is Patron of Nature Play SA – an organisation established to increase the time children spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature to improve their fitness, problem solving ability, emotional resilience and mental wellbeing. @TimJarvisAM