Inspire yourself: Adventurer Justin Packshaw on reaching the poles, Everest & the art of fulfilment
Since serving in the Gulf War and sailing around the world for Britain in 1990, philanthropist, entrepreneur and adventurer Justin Packshaw MBE has summited Mount Everest, replicated Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Antarctic Expedition and won a 450-mile race to the Magnetic North Pole. All while helping wounded soldiers and other good causes, he has also ridden horses across Mongolia, jet-skied the coast of Nigeria, motorbiked through Africa and ran, swam, cycled, hiked and climbed from London to the summit of the Matterhorn.
Justin will be joined by record-setting mountaineer Jake Mayer at Snow+Rock Covent Garden on May 31st for an exclusive evening of inspirational talks. Let us introduce you to Justin ahead of his next trip, hiking, cycling, swimming and running going from the Matterhorn to the top of Mount Etna.
When we climbed Everest it was along the North East Ridge, like Mallory and Irvine had done in 1924. In 2012, we retraced part of Scott and Amundsen’s 1912 race to the South Pole. We took three wounded soldiers from my old army regiment as one of Scott’s team, Lawrence Oates, was also in that regiment, which added a fantastic historical and emotional element to it. Two years ago, we also replicated Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica, again with two wounded soldiers from the army. What a trip that was!
I’m going to talk about the trip we did a couple of years ago where we replicated Ernest Shackleton’s amazing 1914 Endurance Expedition, with two wounded soldiers from my regiment. When Shackleton’s ship got trapped in ice, he managed to save the crew by being incredibly resourceful and tenacious, sailing 720 miles to South Georgia from an island just off of the peninsula of Antarctica in a small rowing boat. It’s the most poignant and powerful story of endurance and belief.