Monday, 30 May 2011

Twenty five years later: Photographic comparisons.

This is the first reunion I have participated in my life. I have avoided them like the plague. However, haven come together as a team in 1985 and again in 1986, we bonded together through minus 70 degree temperatures and incredible hardship. So for me, going to Minnesota, USA for the 25th anniversay of our 1986 North Pole expedition, starting on 15 May, was a real joy. . Here are classic before and after photos; 1986 and 2011.


Back row: Bob McKerrow,Will Steger, Paul Schurke, Richard Weber
Front row: Geoff Carroll, Brent Boddy, Ann Bancroft, Bob Mantell
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Note that in both photos we are in identicle positions, and the hair a little greyer.

16 comments:

Donald said...

Hi Bob

I've never been keen on reunions either, but maybe after 25 years there are many reasons to partake.

The two photos are intriguing, but what a pity the dogs could not be there. I once travelled in the hills a lot with a dog, and the bond equals the human to human ones.

Cheers

Donald

Bob McKerrow said...

Dear Donald, I have always shunned reunions, but this one was thoroughly enjoyable and the canoe trips magnificent.

I find dogs more obedient than human beings, and less complicated. I now understand why Will Steger has done many six month trips solo, with dogs. But if you go with dogs, it is not really solo. Is it?

Gollum said...

Bob

Still wearing those batik shirts I see.

I have a few of those in the wardrobe somewhere.

Cheers

Gollum

Bob McKerrow said...

I love the Batik shirts. They don't show the dirt and they are cool. How are you?

Gollum said...

I believe that the word is "deracinated".

I need a trip to New Zealand and a week up the Hopkins, preferably alone. Is it just my imagination or was life a lot easier thirty years ago? Nowadays life is like perpetually climbing a moraine wall. One step up and three down.

At least the weather here is good. 40 degrees in the shade and the pool at midnight is the best place to be.

Cheers

Gollum

Bob McKerrow said...

Gollum, Let's go up the Hopkins together and then I will leave you at the junction of the Huxley, and climb Huxley 44 years after I first climbed it. And, we can rejoin later and climb Black Tower and McKerrow.

We only have 34 degrees today. Just got back from my morning walk rounda lake and was attacked by a crow. Stone the bloody crows!

Gollum said...

Sounds like a plan to me.

I don't mind having a crack at Huxley. It's a big hill.

We could warm up with a bit of rock-climbing in the South Temple and then either cruise over a pass into the Ahuriri and attack from the south or go round into the Huxley and approach it that way.

Just need to work on the fitness and align our holidays.

Cheers

Gollum

Bob McKerrow said...

Dreaming I love at my age, but this could turn into reality. Mmmm...let's dream and plan more.

Gollum said...

Danilo Hegg's site has a couple of good sets of Huxley photos that will have your mouth watering.

We need to start doing these things and I am long overdue a trip to New Zealand.

Gollum

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