The Arctic Club

December 2023

Kevin Mansell, Olly Sanders and myself

I am very pleased to announce that I have been appointed

President Elect of the Arctic Club.

It is a huge honour to be able to represent the Club. I will be following in the talented footsteps of Olly Sanders who has just retired as President, and Kevin Mansell who is the current President until December 2024.

The Arctic Club was founded in 1932 by Sir James Wordie, famous for his journeys to Antarctica (with Shackleton on the Endurance), Svalbard, East Greenland and Baffin Island. He was part of the team that made the first recorded ascent of Beerenberg in the summer of 1921. Beerenberg has a very fond place in my heart. In 2011, with a team of good friends, we sailed to the remote island and followed in Sir James Wordie’s footsteps to the volcano’s summit.

The Club members are all Arctic enthusiasts with a wide range of interests, mainly from the UK, though with many from overseas. Members of the Club lead or participate on expeditions in the Arctic each year.

Members are always willing to offer advice and information about Arctic regions, particularly to young people planning expeditions.

Kevin is particularly keen to recruit new members, so if you have a keen interest in the Arctic region, why not consider joining this friendly club?

I am really looking forward to learning from Kevin, the previous Presidents, and the Honorary Secretary so that I can contribute to the Club in a meaningful way when I take over as President in December 2024.

2 responses to “The Arctic Club”

  1. Many congratulations Alasdair. You must be very proud of this appointment

    1. Yes, I am well chuffed! Really looking forward to getting stuck in.

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