Vet enjoying being home after Antarctic adventure
GEOFF Wilson describes the first night in his own bed after three-and-a-half months trekking the wilds of Antarctica as "sheer magic".
The adventurous Currumbin veterinarian made a triumphant return to the Gold Coast last Friday after conquering Antarctica and raising $215,000 for breast cancer charity the McGrath Foundation.
After spending 53 gruelling days dragging his massive "boob sled" across the frozen continent, on January 5 Mr Wilson became the first Australian, and just the third person in history, to complete a solo and unsupported crossing of the frozen continent.
He also achieved this feat faster than ever before, all while trailing a pink "boob sled" modelled on his wife's chest.
Geoff said he's pulled up surprisingly well from the gruelling journey.
He's sustained a bit of frostbite on his stomach and has lost sensation in his toes and fingers, which could take up to 18 months to recover, but he considers himself lucky given what some other Antarctic adventurers have suffered this year.
"I met guys who had been medivaced out and they'd lost an arm or a chunk out of their cheek," he said.
"It was a really tough season this year and more expeditions failed than made it."
Last Thursday he was feted by celebrities and dignitaries at a reception at the Sydney Opera House.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott even made an appearance via video to welcome him back to Australia. Geoff is planning to release a book and documentary about his adventure.