It’s All About Me – (Shut Up Stu…)

I thought I’d update this page, don’t know why exactly but things do change..

I’m out in Antarctica as a Comms Supervisor – So why did I deserve this? Don’t know, there’s no way I’m the best comms guy in the world but what I think has made the difference for my selection has been the many random jobs I’ve done in the past. We tend to not just ‘do’ our normal roles out here, we muck in where required, have shown past expedition experience and hopefully we can BS our way through most life experiences along with the extensive interview process….

So, past history for me, I’m guessing a lot of relevance is having spent a number of years in outdoor recreation / education in a number of disciplines, a few photos below to demonstrate this:

 Africa – Raleigh International Expedition – Zimbabwe 94b – 1994

PGL – 1995 – Instructor

L’Ardeche – South of France – 1996 – Instructor

L’Ardeche – South of France 1997 – Village Manager

Raleigh International – Chile 97h – 1997 – Adventure Project Manager

Raleigh International – Chile 98a – 1998 – Deputy Expedition Leader

L’Ardeche – South of France 1998 – River Manager

Raleigh International – Brunei 98i – 1998 – Adventure Project Manager

Scotland – Climbing Week – Tower Ridge – 1999 

San Diego – Pilots license – 2000 

I’ve read a couple of blogs by other comms techs about their experiences with the AAD and feel it would help to add my record of experiences to the list.



4 thoughts on “It’s All About Me – (Shut Up Stu…)

  1. Hi Stuart,

    I have been meaning to email you for ages but just too slack for words…

    Love your blog, it is great to see and hear what you have been up to. How are the helo recoveries? healing I hope, sounds like they were pretty lucky.

    I hope you had a good Christmas and didn’t miss home and the family too much, I seem to have lost your email address, so will chase Eleanor up when she gets back to work. In the mean time, keep up the good work and stay safe.

    Cheers, Daryl.

  2. Hi Stu,

    My name is Michal (or Mike, as everyone here calls me) and I’ve stumbled across your blog a couple of weeks ago. I’m currently in Antarctica myself with British Antarctic Survey, working as Data Manager at Halley.

    Thanks a lot for sharing your experiences, it’s really great to see what others are up to in various different stations across the continent.

    Anyways, I just wanted to say Hi and Keep up the good work with your blog, it’s a brilliant read and your pictures are awesome. I know how much it takes to run a blog, as I’m running one myself (if you’d like to have a look, it’s at – enjoy!). It’s a privilege to be here but it’s so difficult to actually convey to people outside in the real world what it’s like here, isn’t it?

    Best Regards,
    Mike from Halley VI, Brunt Ice Shelf

    • Hey Mike

      Good to hear from someone at BAS, ironically I’m originally from the UK but am now working for the Australians by some strange twist of fate. Thanks for the comments on the bblog, yes it can be hard work at times but is also a good way to switch off – I seem to be able to write a vast amount of useless information with the time available so hopefully it doesn’t bore people too much.

      Good to read what’s happening at Halley, the station there looks amazing, ours is a little older but I guess a lot of things are similar.

      I need to send you guys our Mid Winters party invite 🙂



      • Hey Stu,

        We’ll be looking forward to the invitation. It seems we’ll have to split the team to attend all Mid Winter parties out there! 🙂 I know our Mid Winter greeting card is almost ready to go out too, you should expect it in the next few days or so.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s