Radio 5 Live interview
with Lt Rob Tristram (Green Team)
Lt Rob Tristram (Green Team) was interviewed by Radio
5 Live last night - Up All Night programme - you can listen
again on this
(52.25 minutes into the clip).
1SL Message to the British
Services Antarctic Expedition 2012
'On this centennial anniversary of Sir Captain Scott’s last
expedition to the Antarctic, I send my congratulations to the
British Services Antarctic Expedition team on your achievements
so far and my best wishes for your forthcoming exploratory and
scientific phases of this fine initiative.
I have every confidence that as you cross the wilderness of the
Avery Plateau and ascend some of the unclimbed mountains of the
Antarctic Peninsula, so you will all, in the spirit of Scott,
rise to the challenges of such human endeavour. Your ability to
adapt to your environment, your courage to overcome adversity
and your belief in your capacity to fulfil your ambitions are at
the heart of what the British Armed Forces is all about.
To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.'
Admiral Sir Mark Stanhope GCB OBE ADC
First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff
Royal Navy Patron for the British Services Antarctic Expedition
Help for Heroes send the
team a message of support
' Everyone at Help for Heroes wishes you all the best for
your fantastic Antarctic challenge !!
H4H is all about ‘doing your bit’ and this challenge is a
wonderful example of people having an amazing idea, rallying
support and having a great experience while they raise money for
a wonderful cause. We have been able to use the 120 million
raised in just four years, to provide practical and direct
support to those wounded in the current conflicts. The money
that is being raised is needed it and it is hugely appreciated.
The BSAE Team are a part of something that is very British and
wonderful and we would all like to say thank you for this and
every other fund raising event that it inspires.
All the very best' . .
everyone at Help for Heroes
Scott family wish BSAE2012
an 'adventurous time'
' With only two weeks until the advanced party leaves, I
would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an
adventurous time. The painted hall fundraiser appeared to be a
great success.' . .
BSAE2012 discuss the Frozen Planet with Sir
Lt Cdr Paul Hart, the expedition Deputy Leader and Major Jez
Stemp (Blue Team 2) met with Sir David Attenborough to discuss
the impact of climate change in the Antarctic Peninsula region.
David’s Frozen Planet series, which has captivated the British
viewing audience, culminates on 7th December 2011
when Sir David will concentrate specifically on the impact that
climate change is having on the Antarctic Peninsula. The BSAE
team will be undertaking cutting edge research into the reasons
behind these changes and how climate has varied in the
Peninsula, including the extent of sea
. In what was a frank and mutually supportive
exchange of views, Sir David was surprised to find the level of
risk the team are exposing themselves to, in order to achieve
their scientific objectives. Sir David was at pains to point
out the need for all generations to ‘re-connect’ with the
environment and realise that there is a direct consequence of
humanities activities on the planet. In this context, he was
pleased to see that the British Services Antarctic Expedition is
intending to contribute to the wealth of human knowledge and
exploration much as Scott’s expedition did 100 years ago. Sir
David wished all members of the BSAE team safe fortune and
expressed support for the scientific and exploration aims of the
expedition. After the meeting, Paul Hart said, “it was a
great privilege to meet with Sir David today and we will extend
every effort to ensure his support and endorsement of our
expedition is fully vindicated. Since we began this expedition
programme the team members have fully grasped how important our
science objectives are to the science community and, perhaps
more importantly, we have all realised that what we are doing
here in our personal lives has a direct effect on the ecology of
the Peninsula 9000miles away."
Dan Snow Comments on the BSAE2012
The British celebrity historian Dan Snow has recorded his
support for the British Services Expedition with the following
quote sent to the expedition on the eve of their commemoration
of Captain Scott at the Painted Hall, Greenwich on 3rd December
2011 . . .
‘Contrary to what many think there are
still blank spaces on the map, wildernesses that have never been
explored, species of flora and fauna yet to be documented and
global weather patterns yet to be properly deciphered. That is
why this project, like the Scott expedition that inspired it, is
so important. Every time brave men and women have set out into
hostile terrain, the rest of us have learned something about our
planet, our environment and our humanity.’
. . Dan Snow
Memorandum of Understanding with the BAS
BSAE 2012 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the BAS in
Cambridge on 24 Nov 11.
The BSAE team gave a presentation to the scientists of the
BAS where their scientific programme and objectives were
scrutinised. Extensive questioning allowed the BSAE team to
confirm their understanding of the higher level goals and
activities which their science data would underpin. Martin
Densham provided an overview of how the various projects that
the BSAE team will attempt to achieve will be coordinated
(further details can be found here
Meanwhile, the expedition leader Paul Edwards signed a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Chief Executive of
the BAS, Mr Nick Owens, to confirm the arrangements between the
Follow the BSAE2012 in the Daily
Telegraph and on their website
There will be a Telegraph Newspaper Article in the Weekend
Section on 10th December 2011, so check it out. Also, they
will be following our progress and will be putting updates onto
their website about the expedition. The Telegraph website
can be found . . .
us at the London Ski and Snowboard show 19-23 Oct 11
BSAE 2012 will be
at the London Ski
and Snowboard show from Wed 19th to Sun 23 Oct 11 where we will
be giving people the chance to pull and pull (a sled perhaps)
and raising money for H4H. Check out
the event website . . .
100th Birthday is celebrated in Plymouth by members of
BSAE2012 and ISCE2012.
Members of the BSAE team alongside Captain Tom
Coker of the Royal Dragoon Guards who has joined the International
Scott Centenary Expedition 2012. Tom is representing the Captain
Titus Oates connection as a member of Oates’s Regiment.
Lt Rob Fletcher RN, Maj Al Mason ETS, Lt
Cdr Paul Hart RN, Captain Tom Coker RDG (ISCE), Lt Simon Hornby RN
The event was the launch of the Scott 100th Birthday celebrations in
Plymouth that will culminate in a Dinner on 6th June (Scott’s
Birthday) in HMS DRAKE.
of the Antarctic Monument at the Scott Polar Research Institute
The Antarctic Monument is a memorial to polar
explorers and scientists who died in Antarctica and was unveiled in
the gardens of the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge on 12
The occasion was attended by several members of the BSAE 2012 team
and more information about the unveiling can be found
Services Antarctica Expedition and International Scott Centenary
Expedition Join Forces
The International Scott Centenary Expedition (ISCE) and the British
Services Antarctica Expedition (BSAE) have now joined forces and are
working as interlinked and mutually supportive expeditions.
It is our intention to work together to promote the ideals, values
and ethos of Scott’s 1910-1913 expedition. We will do this by
linking our science and education activities through our outreach
programmes to inform and educate the British public about the Polar
regions and the factors influencing them. We will seek to operate
in the ‘Spirit of Scott’ and further the bounds of human exploration
and knowledge in an ecological and ethical manner. We will also
seek to celebrate the 100th Anniversary event of Scott and his team
reaching the South Pole and commemorate their tragic deaths on their
For further details about the ISCE go to
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Admiral Joins the British Services Antarctica Expedition 2012
The BSAE2012 are delighted to welcome Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis to
the expedition team as the Science Patron. Admiral Jarvis will
oversee the full range of science projects that the expedition will
undertake and will vet their validity and value. Admiral Jarvis is
a distinguished character with a renowned reputation across several
different scientific areas. He is involved in government level
considerations of the possible effects and impacts of global climate
change and their possible outcomes on national security.
more about Admiral Jarvis see: