Soul’s ease in icy wilds
NO ONE slings satire like Andrew Denton. Married with one son, he has produced and hosted some of Australia’s best television, including Enough Rope and, more recently, Randling on the ABC.
He’s also faced with an agonising decision. Leave his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs (on the brink of rugby league finals glory) for a business trip to New York or stay home to cheer them on and quite possibly jinx them.
A fundraising trip with Chimu Adventures supporting the restoration of Mawson’s Hut in 2014 will be his fifth trip to Antarctica, a destination he describes as the wildest place he knows. It’s a place where we’re not in control. You get a sense of an unspoilt planet. I think it’s the wildest place I know. People think of it as being just white, but there’s the most amazing range of colours. There’s a desolation and a silence there, which is quite something.
Layers. Lots of layers. There was supposedly a thermal pool on a little southern Antarctic island; we hopped in, and it wasn’t bloody thermal, I can tell you (laughs). aware I am doing two things. I’m making people aware of a place I think requires protection but equally, when you make people more interested, more of them want to go see it. I think it’s possible to do both. glacier and you could hear explosions inside the glacier. It was essentially new ice being formed. Whether it’s changed me, I don’t know. It is just like an enormous bath for the soul. There’s a freshness to it, a wildness that takes you so far out of your normal life and I find that really addictive. You know what’s bizarre? I have planned to go to New York this month. It had never occurred to me (laughs) that they might be in the grand final. I’m not sure I can go but I’m terrified that if I stay, we’ll lose the grand final because I know if I go, we’ll win. Visit chimuadventures.com for more information on the 2014 Mawson’s Hut fundraising expedition to Antarctica.