The Grey NATO – 194 – Trading Watches and Cars for Arctic Adventure with Hugh Francis Anderson
You’re all in for a real treat with this episode as Jason and James have some amazing news – TGN will be at Wind Up Chicago in July! – and an outstanding chat with Hugh Francis Anderson. The TGN boys got to know Hugh when he was covering cars and watches but he later made a push into writing and photojournalism specializing in adventure and the environment.
Today, Hugh is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Contributing Editor for both Oceanographic Magazine and Sidetracked Magazine, and the Adventure Correspondent for I-M Intelligent Magazine (to name only a few of his accolades). In August 2021, Hugh co-led the Jan Mayen 2021 Expedition, a 1,200-nautical-mile scientific communication, and storytelling voyage to summit the world’s northernmost active volcano, Mount Beerenberg, on the centenary of its first ascent. It’s an amazing story (and linked below).
We’ve followed Hugh for a while now so it was really fun to get a chance to have him on the show as he joined Jason and James to chat about the why of adventuring, his recent move to Arctic Norway, some of his best memories from adventuring, and where he plans to go next (hint: it’s wild).
A massive thanks to Hugh for being on the show. Thanks so much for listening, we hope you love it.
7:25 Wind Up Watch Fair Chicago (we hope to see you there!)
11:25 Mike Pearson on Instagram
12:06 Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Skin
13:55 Zodiac Sea Dragon chronograph
15:03 Momentum Atlas Automatic
18:30 Chronosport UDT
19:47 Hugh Francis Anderson on Instagram
25:56 Richard Mille RM 63-02 Worldtimer
27:33 Andreas B. Heide Instagram
31:20 Hugh’s interview with Alex Honnold
39:55 Oceanographic Magazine “Against The Wind” (Jan Mayen and Mt. Beerenberg)
40:01 “100 years after the first ascent of the world’s northernmost active volcano, this team climbed it again. Here’s why” (Hugh’s recent NatGeo story)
54:35 Pentax LX
1:06:11 “Found: Scott Carpenter’s Breitling Cosmonaut” (Hodinkee)
1:06:44 Jeff Stein - On The Dash
1:08:59 The Rewatchables “E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial”
“When one man, for whatever reason, has the chance to lead an extraordinary life, he has no right to keep it to himself” Jacques-Yves Cousteau