The Journal

Daily logs and observations from the dedicated crew aboard the Nanook X provide a captivating glimpse into their journeys as they venture into the most remote territories of our planet.

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The Drake Passage.

Into The Drake.

While we had what looked like a reasonable weather window forming, there was still nervous anticipation about entering these water...

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Patagonia.

There and Back Again.

The wind seemed to grow in intensity as we slowly climbed back towards the pass separating the plateau east to west...

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Patagonia.

Cerro Torre on the Horizon.

The sun broke through and the spindrift in the air caused two circular auras...

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Patagonia.

Seeking Passage through the Andes.

In an hour had a rough plan that involved skirting the edge of the crevassed ridge, ascending a snow ramp...

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Patagonia.

On The Plateau.

This ice formation was unnatural, it was in the very heart ice of the Pio XI glacier, like a sink hole or deep scar...

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Patagonian Fjords.

From The Fjord To The World Above

The final hurdle of the day stood as a 40m high corniced ridge. Kit climbed up, testing...

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Of the Coast of Chile.

Land Ho.

Chile gave up her jewels slowly, first a blue haze, then a shoulder of land covered in bush and somehours later as we...

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The Southern Pacific Ocean.

The Final Test

While war was being waged above , the storm below eventually took its toll on the crew, making sleep near impossible...

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The South Pacific.

Becalmed.

As Kit said, “even when it’s peaceful, it’s like someone has left a loaded revolver on the table”...

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Point Nemo - The Oceanic Pole of Inaccessability.

Point Nemo.

We are now probably the most isolated people on the planet. The closest humans being those very brave souls high above us in...

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The South Pacific Ocean.

The Storm.

Slowing my breathing, I focused on all I cared for, reminded myself that I needed to make good decisions and trust we had this...

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The Southern Pacific.

The Gift Of Time.

If I reflect on the most valuable thing that fathering through an adventurous life has taught Sarah and I, it is that above all things...

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The Southern Pacific.

The Ocean Song.

As I opened the Saloon doors and stepped out into the darkness of the cockpit, I had this anxious feeling arise...

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The Southern Pacific.

The Pyramid.

I think our next challenge will be the remoteness of the remaining Southern Ocean. It's not for the fainthearted. The 4,200 nautical miles will be a test of...

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The Southern Pacific.

An Explorer's Affliction.

Tonight at dusk, as if to remind me of the wonder of exploring with my son we had a visit from the dolphins. Racing to the bow in delight as the...

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The Southern Pacific Ocean.

A Long Way From Home... And Further Still To Go.

As our deadline fast approached, so to did the nervous anticipation about setting out across the Pacific...

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Nelson, New Zealand.

Refuge Beyond The Horizon.

With that thought, the engine spluttered, coughed and died. Silence, then dread. I realised that the last and most reliable system on The Nanook had just failed...

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The Tasman Sea.

The Domino Effect.

Within half an hour our second domino fell. Pfffffftttt and suddenly all navigation screens, wind data, direction and compass bearing went blank...

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Balls Pyramid.

Into the Tasman.

As we depart the protection of the island we feel the swell grow beneath us. The Nanook marches up the sets and sits atop their crests...

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Lord Howe Island

Stretch The Legs.

I have to admit I have to that when Geoff asked me to contribute to the expedition blog I was a bit nervous about the prospect of writing something that would be posted publicly. So here goes…

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Tasman Sea.

Reliance On Gear.

When on expeditions, success relies largely on human factors. Good team, clear communication...

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Tasman Sea

From The Depths.

Though it was our first morning at sea we were eager to get a line in the water...

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The Tasman Sea.

The Odyssey Begins.

As The Nanook slices through the blue Pacific, we watch as the Australian continent fades into the horizon...

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Brisbane

One more sleep

As today’s sun rises, we take a final moment to look back from where Project Zero has come. Tomorrow we set sail. The hard work, dedication, years of planning and a lifetime of dreaming - simmered down to one more sleep. The grand voyage. The odyssey of change. As the departure approaches, we want to thank everyone who allowed us to get to this day. We couldn’t have done it without you all. With great excitement...