Henry Worlsey’s Greatest Adventures
We were extremely saddened to hear the news that British explorer Henry Worsley died attempting to become the first man to cross the Antarctic unassisted.
Henry, an ex-Army officer from London, had trekked 913 miles unaided before he had to be airlifted to hospital just 30 miles short of his goal. He was attempting to complete the unfinished journey of his hero, polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.
Before Henry embarked on his adventure, he had managed to raise more than £100,000 for the Endeavour Fund, which was set up to provide assistance to wounded servicemen and women.
The Antarctic has been successfully crossed before, by Norwegian Borge Ousland in 1997 and by British adventurer Felicity Aston in 2012. However, both explorers had assistance; Ousland used a kite to help drag the sled whilst Aston received air-dropped supplies.
Henry Worsley certainly wasn’t shy of adventure. Ever since he was a child, he’d been extremely interested in the lives of Antarctic explorers from the Edwardian time, such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Roald Amundsen and Captain Robert Scott. Henry was related to a famous adventurer, Frank Worsley, who served as ship captain on Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition.
In 2008, to mark the centenary of the ‘Nimrod Expedition’ – the first of three Antarctic expeditions led by Shackleton – Henry and his team pioneered a route through the Transantarctic Mountains, reaching a point just 97 miles from the South Pole.
Just three years later, Henry returned to the Antarctic and led an expedition to repeat Roald Amundsen’s successful 900-mile journey to the South Pole in 1912. Robert Falcon hoped to be the first to reach the South Pole, but on arriving there he realised that Amundsen and his team had beat them by 34 days.
After completing the journey to the South Pole with six soldiers in tow, Henry became the first person to successfully undertake all three journeys of Shackleton, Amundsen and Falcon Scott.
It goes without saying that Henry Worsley was a true hero. Not only did he pursue his passion, he used it to raise money for a great cause. He was selfless and courageous – let him be an inspiration to us all.