I had never heard of Henry Worsley until one of my customers, who knew Henry, promoted his heroic attempt to follow in Shackleton's footsteps in aid of injured servicemen and women.
Over Christmas and New Year I listened to Henry's posts and was captivated by these descriptions of his daily triumphs and tribulations. Although he was honest about the grueling conditions and their toll upon him physically, I didn't really register the risk, calculated by a real expert - that he was taking in covering 900+ miles alone.
Henry's death is now national news and quite rightly he is being talked about by the great and the good as a hero. But it is those personal glimpses into the human condition that I will also remember him for.
(CNN)British explorer Henry Worsley has died attempting to be the first person to cross the Antarctic unaided, in an epic charity mission inspired by Ernest Shackleton. The 55-year-old former British Army officer died after being airlifted to a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile, suffering severe exhaustion and dehydration. The father-of-two was found to have bacterial peritonitis (a bacterial infection in the abdomen), after having trekked around 913 miles unaided across the South Pole -- just 30 miles short of his end goal. Worsley was 71 days into his record-breaking solo mission to complete the legendary British explorer Ernest Shackleton's unsuccessful crossing of Antarctica in the early 1900s.