Sadly I never got to ever meet the man. But I did meet a close freind of his many many years back. I was a Teenager at the time. I simply can not remember the guy's name. But he was with Sir Ed on his Antartic trip. It may have even been the close freind that sadly died in the Eribus accedent. Anyways, he described a very different side of Sir Ed that most of us saw, but certainly must have been to do some of the amasing things he did. This freind described him as mischivious young man with an adventurouse spirit. And this guy told me the "real" story behind the trip to the South Pole. Sir Ed was slightly bored with the task they had to do of setting up fuel
dumps along the path the actual pole expedition team were to use on the return journey home. He was so close to the pole and the weather
was so good, he thought it just too much of an opertunity to miss. So off they went with the little Furgy tractors. He got in a heck of a lot of trouble for it, but the public never saw that side of the story. He was too much of a Hero.