Two Antarctic Conferences in one week. The timing could not have been better. Our book was recently finished and we wanted to announce it to the world.
The first was the “South Pole-sium” in Oslo. It was the third biennial meeting of this conference, organized by Rob Stephenson, of like-minded Antarctic experts and enthusiasts. Sixty-six of us— adventurers, authors, scientists, veterans of the ice, descendants of early Antarctic explorers, antiquarian book collectors and dealers, and most importantly by now, old friends and new — convened at the remarkable Fram Museum to meet, share ideas, learn, and develop new interests. It is fitting that we launched our book there, since it houses the world’s most famous Polar ship — the Fram — build for Nansen’s trip to the Arctic and later used by Amundsen for his voyage to Antarctica which led to the first conquest of the South Pole.
The South Pole-sium is an informal gathering, with short presentations by the participants on a wide array of diverse topics, ranging from Antarctic history, climate change, modern expeditions, preservation of archives of Antarctic explorers through the ages, and much much more.
Including the formal launch of our book,When Your Life Depends on It: Extreme decision making lesson from the Antarctic. Brad and Dave met at the South Pole-sium #2 in Craobh Haven, Scotland in 2015, and there hatched the 2-year plan to write our book. The first words were committed to a .doc file in a hotel in Glasgow on Monday after. But that is another story.
The South Pole-sium is a gathering that is not to be missed. But it was not the only such gathering in Europe during the week of May 13-May 20, 2017. Another took place in Dundee Scotland at Discovery Point — a museum housing Robert Scott’s ship, the Discovery.