Andrew is a high altitude mountaineer, global adventurer and polar veteran. He is the only person in the British Commonwealth to have climbed all fourteen of the world’s 8,000 metre ‘death zone’ mountains.
He worked for three years as trainer and leader for the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions on Macquarie Island, Heard Island and Davis Station on the Antarctic continent. He has raced the Sydney to Hobart twice, winning his division in 2018, sailed around Cape Horn in a 30 foot gaff rigged Colin Archer yacht, and has trekked, climbed, skied and adventured on every continent.
He spent the last few northern winters, traversing the Brooks Range by ski and sled north of the Arctic circle, a journey he describes as his most brutal yet. Most recently he sailed to Antarctica in a 66′ yacht with three friends, where they made the first ascents of several previously unclimbed mountains and new routes on several others.
What is your most memorable Antarctic experience?
“Where to start? Sitting quietly watching the soft hues of an Antarctic sunset wash over the unspoiled wilderness. Looking down on a pair of Humpback whales as they scratched themselves on the hull of our boat, completely unafraid. Witnessing the glory and the might of a giant emerald iceberg capsizing, its surprised cargo of Adelie penguins taking an unexpected bath.”