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A double transit of the North West Passage… just

Bob Shepton on 09/10/2019 19:30

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Bob Shepton

Bob Shepton (84) has been a Royal Marines Officer, a full time youth leader in the east end of London, and Chaplain to two schools. He pioneered climbing at Lulworth and Portland, and made first ascents on the Ormes of Llandudno. Voyages include a circumnavigation with school leavers via Antarctica and Cape Horn, fifteen Atlantic crossings, thirteen visits to Greenland and arctic Canada, mainly sailing and climbing from the boat - he has been called ‘the modern Tilman’. A double transit of the North West Passage, east to west 2012, west to east 2013 and, he thinks, the only GRP boat to have done so. Awards include Blue Water Medal, Tilman Medal, Goldsmith Medal for Exploration and the Barton Cup. He was voted Yachtsman of the Year 2013. He also received a Piolet d’Or in 2011 with his team of top flight climbers


For the first transit a group of South African climbers wanted an ‘adventure’ and Bob was happy to oblige! The first transit was from east to west, via Resolute and Peel Sound and on to Nome, where the boat was wintered. The return transit, with different crew, was made via Cambridge Bay and Bellot Strait to Prince Regent Inlet. They nearly did not get out owing to ice and a strong north wind, but eventually a weather window and a little less ice allowed them through via Arctic Bay and finally to Aasiaat in Greenland.

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