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"THE NORTH POLE AND BEYOND"
A memorial evening in honour of Sir Wally Herbert (1934-2007), pioneering polar explorer, and his travel companion and leading glaciologist Dr. Fitzroy (Fritz) Koerner, and also marking the centenary of Robert Peary's North Pole expedition of 1909, will be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Tuesday 7 April 2009 at 7 p.m. to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the 1968-9 British Trans-Arctic expedition, and their epic achievement in becoming the first undisputed expedition successfully to reach the North Pole.
This celebration of polar science and endeavour will include film, story-telling, tibutes from leading polar figures and reminiscences from the Herbert and Koerner families.
Admission to the RGS is free and no booking is necessary; if you would like to attend, please RSVP to Kari Herbert: email@example.com
Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR. Doors open at 6.15. The map room bar will be open before and after the celebrations.
As Robert Headland recalled, Wally Herbert was also a major figure in Antarctic exploration. "As leader of the 1961-62 southern exploration party [under the New Zealand Antarctic programme], he surveyed a large area of the Queen Maud range, where he ascended the route up the Beardmore glacier, discovered by Ernest Shackleton in 1908 and followed by Captain Scott in 1911...His programme was exploration of new territory southwards along the Transantarctic mountains. At the head of the Axel Heiberg Glacier, his party ascended Mount Nansen and descended by a similar route to that taken by Roald Amundsen in 1911, during which he found one of Amundsen's survey cairns. This was the first retracing of these historical traverses first accomplished during the heroic age of exploration."
Wally returned to Britain in 1962 and wrote his first book about his experiences, A World of Men.
Wally Herbert's's daughter, Kari Herbert, of Polar World also writes that in recognition of the anniversary (29 May 2009) she is endeavouring to locate funding to digitise approx 1,500 - 2,000 historic polar images from the Herbert Collection, a valuable and essential record of the explorer's time in the Antarctic and Arctic, as well as of the British Trans-Arctic Expedition, which would then be made available to researchers online.
The project needs just £3-4,000 pounds; this will enable a start to be made as soon as funding is amassed. If anyone can offer help, suggestions for funding or actual financial assistance, please contact Kari Herbert at firstname.lastname@example.org, www.polarworld.co.uk