25 March 2020
Marcus and Shauna take time to consider the adventure our group has had over the past three weeks.
“One of the defining features of exploration and expeditions is dealing with changing circumstances. Changing circumstances on an expedition may involve anything from a change in the weather, change in route due to obstacles such as crevasses or even a change in team dynamics. The early Antarctic explorers had to deal with many of these changing circumstances in the world’s harshest environments. Success or failure depended on the explorer’s ability to deal with whatever challenges the changing circumstances presented. Explorers had to remain calm in the face of uncertainty, confident to make decisions with incomplete information and draw on a deep determination to carry on.
Our Inspiring Explorer March 2020 expedition to Antarctica has had to deal with its own changing circumstances. After the challenges of kayaking in Antarctica’s freezing water, we have had to deal with uncertainty of travel arrangements at what we thought was almost the finish line – Ushuaia! I have been incredibly proud of how our team has dealt with our own expedition’s changing circumstances. The strong foundations that were laid in our Auckland teambuilding event in February have really helped create a solid team that has supported each other through the challenges of the last few days, dealt with any problems and remained upbeat and positive throughout. These are the attributes of great explorers and a mindset that will help our young explorers in whatever field of endeavour they pursue.” – Shauna
It was wonderful to share the majesty of Antarctica with this amazing group of young Kiwis and see the ‘spirit of exploration’ grow within each of them. – Marcus
Written by Inspiring Explorer Ihlara McIndoe