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Explorer hails polar exhibition

David Hempleman-Adams
Explorer David Hempleman-Adams looks at a photograph on display at the exhibition Heroes of Antarctic Exploration Past and Present, at Queen"s Gallery

British explorer David Hempleman-Adams has launched a photography exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott's South Pole trip.

The 52-year-old adventurer described the display in the capital charting his boyhood heroes as "really moving".

He has been advising curators in the Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh and has contributed to the catalogue which accompanies the exhibition.

The new show features photography by Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley.

Mr Hempleman-Adams, who is from the village of Box in Wiltshire, broke two world records last month by spending just over 14 hours in a tiny hot air balloon over the US.

When you see these images actually in place, there are some really quite moving photographs
David Hempleman-Adams

He said the display, which opened on Friday and runs until 11 April next year, was "magnificent".

He said: "Exploration and adventure is in my blood, as it was 100 years ago for Shackleton, Scott, Hurley and Ponting, and all the other men.

"In this great country we've got a great tradition of adventure and there are lots of generations below me who are going out and pushing the barriers.

"These men were the first. These fellows really opened up the path for us.

"When you see these images actually in place, there are some really quite moving photographs."

Mr Hempleman-Adams spent 14 hours 15 minutes in a capsule the size of a laundry basket as he flew about 200 miles from Butler, Missouri, to Cherokee, Oklahoma.

He broke the record of eight hours and 12 minutes for the AA-01-class balloon, which had stood for more than 26 years, and also broke the record for the bigger AA-02-class balloon.

In 1998, Mr Hempleman-Adams became the first person in history to reach the geographic and magnetic north and south poles as well as climb the highest peaks in all seven continents.

Mr Ponting's images record Captain Scott's Terra Nova expedition of 1910-13, which led to the death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole.

Mr Hurley's icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton's polar expedition in 1914-16.



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