Tributes Pour in for Dixie Dansercoer

Antarctic Arctic
De Poolreiziger (The Polar Traveler). Photo: Louis-Philippe Loncke

Adventurers around the globe have paid tribute to Dixie Dansercoer after the veteran polar explorer’s fatal crevasse fall on Monday.

Mourners gathered yesterday afternoon at a sculpture of Dansercoer in the harbor of Nieuwpoort, his hometown. The monument commemorates his 2007 expedition to retrace the journey of the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897–1899. The Belgica Expedition (named after their ship) made the first overwintering in Antarctica and included such later polar luminaries as a young Roald Amundsen and Frederick Cook.

Photo: Louis-Philippe Loncke

Belgian adventurer Louis-Philippe Loncke organized a card and flower assembly at the De poolreiziger (the polar traveler) sculpture, including signatures from a range of Belgian adventurers, international polar travelers, and various organizations such as the International Polar Guides Association. The rock band, K’S Choice, which provided the music for one of Dansercoer’s documentaries, also signed.

Polar veterans expressed their shock and sadness at the loss of a colleague and friend. “Crushed and shocked by the news of the death of my friend Dixie Dansercoer yesterday,” wrote guide Hannah McKeand. “Dixie was a warm, bright, wise, and funny man, who always had a kind word.”

Photo: Louis-Philippe Loncke

Dansercoer’s wife, Julie Brown, poignantly wrote of Dansercoer yesterday: “Dixie was so much more than a polar explorer. He was fun and spontaneous and lived life to the fullest. He would want you to do the same.”

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Ash Routen

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Ash is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK. His words have featured in global outlets such as The Guardian, Outside Magazine and Red Bull. He works as a public health scientist by day and writes about the outdoors in his spare time. Ash's areas of expertise are polar expeditions, mountaineering, and adventure travel. For vacation Ash enjoys going on independent sledding expeditions.

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Louis-Philippe Loncke
7 months ago

To the list of people above, took the photo earlier and added extra names of people I got answer in the car.
Vincent Colliard, Borge Ousland (suggestion of Vincent), Brigitte Muir-Koch (Belgian born first Australian 7 summits), Stéphane Hanssens and Nicolas Favresse (top big wall climbers, piolet d’or)

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Louis-Philippe Loncke
7 months ago

The Lady looking at the card had been twice on a last degree North Pole trip guided by Dixie.

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Beernaert Hogan
Beernaert Hogan
6 months ago

Dear L-Philippe…kind that you did this to remember Dixie…But I think you did such things and read that you are in the group of Polarexplorers and you never do an Expedition in the High polar regions..or Arctic…only in other warm country’s…very strange !!But here you are again in the picture!!Greetings …

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Louis-Philippe Loncke
6 months ago

I have met Dixie around 10 times and Julie around 5 times since 2011. He invited me to his home, requested my photobook and gave me some polar books.

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