“I’m not a fool taking reckless risks. The preparations cost me a lot of money and it was hard work. It took me two years to get everything I needed. But the greatest support for me came from the people. When I felt at my lowest ebb, I knew they were there with me, and I had to do it for them,” he remembers how what he calls his “Tribe of Dreamers” helped him, especially with motivation during his courageous journey.
The idea of the South Pole expedition came naturally. “If I was to recapitulate my traveller’s history, I started as a hitchhiker, then a backpacker whose main motivation was to make the most of the experience for the least amount of money and then came the need to discover something new. I made expeditions to the jungles, to the desert, high into the mountains ... the South Pole was just the next step,” he says.