Soul’s ease in icy wilds

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - CELEBRITY ESCAPE ANTARCTICA -

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 chimuad­ven­ for more in­for­ma­tion on the 2014 Maw­son’s Hut fundrais­ing ex­pe­di­tion to Antarc­tica.

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