YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED: The final few…
Q: How did you all feel when Ran had to pull out? (by Simon Davies)
A: It was a big surprise and something that none of us had considered. Despite that, the decision to continue with the attempt was straightforward and unanimous. Within the remaining team we had all the skills that we needed although we had to drop the original skiing element because we were a man short. Importantly, we also had the commitment and motivation to continue with the attempt and we pushed things a lot further than had ever been envisaged.
Q: Of all the science research you are doing, what do you think is the most valuable/ground breaking? (by Steve Dawes)
A: That’s a very difficult question as the nature of research is such that you never know where the results might lead you. Not only that, but a ‘negative’ result can be as important as something more positive and ground breaking; it all adds to the overall picture and knowledge. Of particular interest is the research relating to our complete isolation as that is something that is very difficult to achieve on this planet; we have known that in the depths of winter there was absolutely no way we could be reached and our resources are very limited. That’s a very committing position to be in.
Q: What has been the highlight of each of your personal journeys down under? (by Janie Roach Lineberger)
A: Rob – seeing the aurora in the midst of winter; Richmond – setting foot on Antarctica for the first time; Brian – seeing the ship leave and knowing that we were committed: Spencer – seeing Antarctica for the first time from the ship; Ian – watching the aurora.
Q: Will the expedition refocus once it’s over and plan to try the crossing again?
A: We have a long way to go yet and some nasty terrain to get through so we are staying focused on that at the moment. I’m sure there will be a lot of discussion once we get home and this first attempt has taught us a lot. Sooner or later there will be another attempt and it would be great to be a part of it.