Geoff Wilson’s Top 5 South Pole Tips

Geoff Wilson’s Top 5 South Pole Tips

Posted: Oct 20, 2014 09:41 am EDT


(By Correne Coetzer) Yesterday we heard from Faysal Hanneche how he and fellow solo adventurer, Geoff Wilson, set off from Novo Base to attempt kite-ski crossings of Antarctica in the 2013-14 season. In the storms at the start both lost kites, but to top that, Faysal hurt his knee and eventually had to abort. Geoff completed the crossing successfully, though with some close encounters with his kites and heavy sled. 


Geoff and Faysal became good friends. ExplorersWeb checked in with Geoff in Australia, asking him to give his 5 Top Tips as motivation for his friend, who is attempting the crossing again this year. Geoff also tells about his adventure plans this year and gives a hint about his future Antarctica plans.




Geoff purchased a vehicle in Cape Town with an aim to drive from the Cape, up the coast, then overland to our exit point in Kenya a journey of over 5,500 km, starting November 2014. "We will be driving via Namibia, Botwana, Zambia, Tanzania and quite possibly Zanzibar before departing from Nairobi just after Christmas."


"We are very excited to announce this 5 week monster-drive as part of a Recce trip for some desert happenings intended for the next 12 months or so. "


5 Top Tips learned on Antarctica


1) Don’t ever give up


2) Make sure you look after your body - keep morale up


3) Stop wary and correct chaffing, frost nip, pain - ignore it at your peril


4) Don’t waste calories on Stress - effect what you can and if its out of your control - breathe easy and forget it


5) Pray over the big decisions and every step!


The Future



Geoff: ”If I did [an Antarctic crossing] again - I'd keep on going towards DuMont Durville from the Pole - watch this space!”



Gateway port Cape Town, South Africa: 

To ALCI /TAC base camp Novolazarevskaya / Novo 

70° 46’37”S, 011° 49’26”E 


Gateway port Punta Arenas, Chile, South America: 

To ALE/ANI base camp, Union Glacier 

79° 45'S, 083° 14'W





ExWeb interview with Faysal Hanneche, "I learned to be patient on Antarctica"


South Pole 2013 update: Solo kiter evacuated


Geoff Wilson, post South Pole traverse interview


Union Glacier start-up team to Antarctica


Rules and Regulations in No-Man's Land: ExWeb interview with ALE's Steve Jones


Mount Sidley, Antarctica’s highest volcano accessible to climbers


Polar Tech Week Roundup: 2014/2015 Recommendations


Your Smart Phone going Global: Review of Iridium Go


ExWeb Special: 2014 Polar Tech Roundtable Conference


A journey to the South Pole in a wheelchair


Antarctica video trilogy


Video: Second 2012-13 Ilyushin-76 flight lands at Union Glacier, Antarctica


AdventureStats and Rules of Adventure


Adventure Network International (ANI) / ALE

Antarctic Logistics Centre International (ALCI) / TAC


Geoff Wilson’s website


Faysal Hanneche’s website:










Geoff Wilson completed his traverse of nearly 30 degrees of latitude. What he won't miss about Antarctica: "the monotony of colour, the fatigue, the living like a ground animal, 24-hour days, continual degradation of the body, chaffing, frost-nipped hands and feet, solitude and silence." But "watch this space!" he adds today.
courtesy Geoff Wilson, SOURCE