Team: Ikey Icemen
||Plettenberg Bay, South Africa|
||80kg (176 lbs)|
||Flying (holding Private Pilot's Licence), Trekking, Kajaking|
|PRIOR ARCTIC EXPERIENCE:
|PRIOR EXPEDITION EXPERIENCE:
||Nepal (across the Dolpol), Argentina/Chile (Aconcagua Peak), Peru, Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya|
|PREVIOUS FURTHEST NORTH:
||Lofoten Islands, Norway|
|PREVIOUS COLDEST PLACE:
|REASON FOR ENTERING RACE:
||It seemed like a good idea at the time!|
I was born and raised in the Eastern Cape (formally Transkei) in
South Africa. I attended boarding school in Queenstown from the age
of 10, matriculated from Queens College in 1967 and graduated from
University of Cape Town Medical School in 1973 at the age of 22.
I've always been involved in sport, and have represented my
university and my province at rugby and cricket.
In 1975, compulsory military service resulted in a tour of duty in
Angola as medical officer (full Lieutenant) during the civil war.
This was followed by a short second tour to northern Namibia as
anaesthetist in M.A.S.H.
I met my wife Joan in 1972 while recuperating from an injury
sustained on an epic rugby tour led by Dugald MacDonald (who's
joining me as a fellow member of the Ikeys in the Polar
Race), and we married in 1975. We have two children: Rhian, 27, and
Clyde, 24, both born in Brecon, Wales.
I've travelled extensively throughout the world, to the United
States, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and, of
Since 1981 I've been working as a General Practitioner in
Plettenberg Bay, living on a small farm out of town.
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