Glenn Shaw in AntarcticaBook of Condolence

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By: Darren C

When: 8th Oct 2009

I only knew Glenn through work but even there he was simply an inspirational guy, relentlessly positive and a wonderful character. A brilliant influence on all around him who left a deep and lasting impression on anyone who was lucky enough to know him

Rest in Peace fella

By: Paul & Jack Clayton

When: 8th Oct 2009

Essex geezer, nightclub chick-magnet, weight-lifting gym bunny, pub raconteur, public speaker, scourge of non-compliant bankers, Fellow of the RGS, quaffer and cigar smoker, seafood hater, Landrover driver, kayaker, skier, mountaineer, friend, comedian, and did I mention chick-magnet?
You wouldn’t know it to look at him, but Glenn was all these things and so much more. He was a force of nature and from all of the messages here it is clear he left a huge impression on everyone he met.
We are glad we knew you Glenn, and you will be greatly missed. Your spirit and ethos will live on, whilst you go and stir things up, up there!

By: Suresh Paul

When: 8th Oct 2009

I was privileged to spend time with Glen in Israel and in the UK on Expedition. Glen to me was an explorer through and through. I managed also to speak on him on the phone during his last days. What a privilege. His courage and belief that life is worth living brought me to tears silently during our last conversations.
I remember all the good times and all of the moments around the camp fire and on the water. You are remembered and missed mate!

By: Dave Fuller

When: 7th Oct 2009

What a man! My simple words cannot articulate what a hugely inspirational and funny guy Glenn was but I will give it a go.

I had the pleasure of working closely with Glenn over a number of years and we became firm friends. He liked to set himself challenges throughout his life as evidenced by the content of this site and the many tributes that precede mine. This was as true inside work as it was outside. While I did not have the pleasure of joining Glenn on his many overseas adventures I did have first hand experience of his sheer determination at work to prove that he was at least as good as his able bodied colleagues. I vividly remember delivering his promotion details to him earlier this year when he was in hospital and how proud he was that his performance had been recognised.

Glenn was also great fun out of the office and I will miss our jaunts to the pub and days at Ascot. Glenn you were a great man and you will be sadly missed.

By: Nathan Wills

When: 7th Oct 2009

My dear friend Glenn, I can not believe that I will never get to hear your cheeky chappy laugh again. I met Glenn when he was 19 pumping weights at my local gym . I was astounded at this man who could raise weights that I could not even lift out of the rack! and our 20 year friendship began. Like most young men, we shared a passion for women, cars and music. It was rave music particularly that saw us visit many nightclubs during this period, and Glenn always outshone me on the dance floor, attracting much attention from admiring ladies as a result, which he absolutely hated of course!!
When he discovered his passion for World travel, he really came into his own, and I would listen, amazed to the stories of his adventures. Glenn was always looking forward, planning his next trip, career move or property investment. He never dwelt on his circumstances or complained about his pain. He was a brave, ambitious, considerate and highly motivated guy.

Glenn had a fantastic life because he put so much effort in to fulfilling his dreams. He was an inspiration to me and many others and I am proud to call him my friend.

Keep dancing in heaven old boy

By: Kieran Lawton

When: 7th Oct 2009

Glenn's inspired and adventurous outlook on life touched all of us on his Antarctic expedition. He lived his life with an unstoppable positive force, and opened my eyes to what was possible. Thanks Glenn, you'll be missed.

By: Flems

When: 6th Oct 2009

I'm glad, proud and lucky to have been Glenn's mate and worked with him: the only words that fit are Diamond Geezer!

By: Gaby Dean

When: 6th Oct 2009

I first met Glenn whilst helping to organise his expeditions in Antarctica and Mt Everest and I thought he was a remarkable person. The more I got to know him I soon realised that remarkable is an understatement. He will continue to be an inspiration to many people for a very long time.

By: Lady Kate Winkworth

When: 6th Oct 2009

A truly remarkable man - with the heart of a lion, the soul of an angel and the wit of a sailor. I only knew him for a very short time, but long enough to learn a great lesson from him - No mountain is too high!

Rest in peace my friend.

By: Paul Bonwick

When: 6th Oct 2009

I have fond memories of Glenn cheating at Chess when we were Children, we used to play together every year at "Alf and Elsie's" new year's eve's parties in the 70's.
I guess back then i didn't really understand Glenn's condition, and was told off many a time by Stan and Joyce. (My Parents).
Glenn, i now forgive you. (Only 20 years too late).
You were a "Sooper Trouper" mate,
God Bless, and Good night.

By: Tanzin

When: 6th Oct 2009

I never met Glenn but I have read about him and his charismatic life. Certainly it is sad and a great lose.

By: Andy Miles

When: 6th Oct 2009

I first met Glenn at the RGS many years ago - his energy and enthusiasm for life and it's adventures and challenges made a lasting impression. An inspiration to so many. Nice one, mate!
His journey through life trying to fill it with as much as possible reminds me of the poem Ithaca

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon- don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon- you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean

By: Claudine Fondis

When: 6th Oct 2009

I only worked with Glenn for a short time. I found him to be humorous, clever and inspirational. A truly sad loss.

By: Rosy Whelan

When: 6th Oct 2009

Glenn Shaw - sitting on the dock in Ushuaia, the town at the end of the world, looking up at "Polar Pioneer", the ice-strengthened, Russian ship that's going to transport him to Antarctica. Excited? You bet! apprehensive? Hell no! Any tiny doubts the crew or staff may have had about the ability of a man with brittle bones disease to accomplish a dream of this order of magnitude were put to rest the minute we met him. Mere mortals can be reduced to tears while crossing a storm-tossed Drake Passage, but not our Glenn. He sensibly rode out tumult in the comfort of his bunk, preparing himself to kayak as hard as he partied (well, almost) once we reached quieter waters.

Glenn, thank you for teaching us that life's challenges are there to be overcome, that tomorrow is another day of glorious opportunities, that pity is dirty four-lettered word. Live now, give life your all, you've only got one chance. You've touched many hearts around the world and we are all the richer for having known you. May your shining spirit live on and on.

By: Bob Powell

When: 5th Oct 2009

Glenn's death is truly sad news but I have to say that Glenn lived a full and impactful life, in spite of the cards that he was dealt. He went out with "his boots on"; his determination, joy, commitment, and enthusiasm were truly inspirational and he will be sorely missed.

My favourite memory of our trip together was the circumnavigation of Enterprise Island. On this paddle, we had to overcome some spray skirt issues and get Glenn comfortable in the kayak. We then paddled away from the ship, just 3 kayaks, toward the north end of the island. As we rounded the north end the sea became choppy and confused but Glenn was excited to press on despite moving farther away from the ship and support. We paddled well together and on the west side of the island we explored small coves and steered around small icebergs. The highlight was paddling into the iceberg choked channel at the southern end of the island. High cliffs of emerald blue ice surrounded us as we glided into the channel. It was truly one of the most beautiful experiences of my life and the channel felt alive as the ice heaved with the current and waves. In the depths of the channel we were completely surrounded by magnificent bergs and we had to slowly weave our way in between and around them. Finally we emerged and caught sight of the ship. However, the seas and wind had strengthened and our 2 mile crossing to the ship would be a challenge.

Glenn was ready and we paddled smoothly into and over the breaking waves and chop. We arrived at the ship only to find the 3-4 foot swell too much for us to load Glenn into the zodiac along side the ship. So we improvised and Glenn "jumped" into the zodiac as it idled in the lee of the stern of the ship. On this paddle, he overcame adversity, embraced the risk and challenge, and was truly joyful despite the increasing challenges and risk. I will always be inspired by him; I was strengthened by his friendship and I will miss him.

By: Howard Twine

When: 5th Oct 2009

Apart from helping me and other do some serious damage to a bottle of port or two over the years, Glenn will remain an inspiration to me. His courage and determination to overcome adversity will stay with many of those he met for ever.

Even after his passing whilst on holiday last week, having 'bagged' Scafell Pike and heading down by the magnetic pull of the pub, I couldn't resist the temptation to push on and drag my other half up Great Gable. At the summit and in the pub later I raised my glass to salute an indestructible friend would also would not have been content with the 'soft option' when there are more hills to be climbed.

His memory lives on in my working life too...mostly when away on business and someone wants to go to some posh fish restaurant. To quote the man himself (and I do with pride)......."If it swims? You can shove it!"

By: Shane and Nigel Winser

When: 4th Oct 2009

It is hard to believe that Glenn will no longer be parking the Lannie outside the Royal Geographical Society and coming in for a chat about plans for his next big adventure. It was so much in his character that he should face his last big challenge just as he would the planning of an expedition - with optimism and courage - building a team around him that would give him confidence to face whatever lies ahead. He was not one to dwell on failure and wanted us all to believe in the possible. His Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society and his award from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust were a great source of pride to Glenn, but in truth it was our lives who were enriched by Glenn. Enjoy your next big adventure Glenn wherever that may take you.

By: Simon Hick

When: 2nd Oct 2009

Cheers for the good times and the memories.

An inspiration to everyone.

By: Neil Laughton

When: 2nd Oct 2009

I will always remember Glenn's spirit of adventure, optimism and courage. We took him well out of comfort zone in the Welsh mountains and on Mt.Everest but never once did he falter. When I visited him in hospital a few days before his operation, he was facing the future with his trademark cheerfulness. A very brave man.

By: Anna McCormack

When: 1st Oct 2009

I first met Glenn back in 2000 at the RGS when I was co-ordinating 'Explore' for the first time. It was a conference he attended pretty much every year without fail, since he loved the combination of networking with like-minded buddies and being able to pass on his knowledge of inclusive exploration to those entering that world for the first time. He was always tireless, inspirational and positive, whether presenting on a panel or bouncing himself up and down the internal stairs of the beautiful but 'not-so-accessible' old listed building. His energy and enthusiasm for life will be missed by all who knew him but I am sure that his life journey will continue to motivate young explorers to push beyond what is commonly considered possible for many years to come.

By: Ranjeet Sahni

When: 1st Oct 2009

I knew Glenn for just under 2 years and for a lot of that time, I sat next to him at work. I'm going to miss him "putting the squeeze" on his business, as he would often say.

He was an incredible individual who inspired everyone who knew him.

Gone but never forgotten.

By: Chantal Batt

When: 30th Sep 2009

Early one morning in March 2005 Glenn and I were both waiting to board a backpackers' bus in Nelson, New Zealand. We met and he almost broke my hand by shaking it so hard. That in itself would be enough to make you remember someone, but Glenn had a good excuse for his He-man upper body strength, and other fine reasons to be remembered for.

Glenn worked his considerable charm and quickly made more new friends on our bus (especially the girls), chatting away non-stop with fellow travellers. Several marvelled at how Glenn made the most of everything on his trip. He wouldn't have had it any other way. New passengers who joined along the way were always struck by how Glenn would board the bus by himself and lift his way into his front row seat.

Glenn knew his medical limits - and regularly surpassed them by indulging merrily in the bars along the way and then announcing to his new pals that he might have to take a night off so that his meds could catch up with his joie de vivre.

At Lake Tekapo on the South Island, Glenn and I rented kayaks and he taught me how to paddle. It was a sport he obviously loved and felt at ease with. I will never forget that perfect, sun burnt day on the lake with Glenn - not just for the spectacular scenery, but for being awed by Glenn's many abilities and talents, one of which was photography and the expensive camera he kept dangling over the water.

Glenn was quite the (super) human being, and one of the most memorable people I will ever meet. It was because of him that I took up skiing with a group of disabled skiers in 2006. I regret that I will never see Glenn again, or hear his little chortle that seemed to say, “You don’t believe me? Just watch!”

The photo of Glenn on the homepage of his website was taken on March 13, 2005, in a beergarden in Canterbury NZ, where Glenn spent a final afternoon with his NZ travel buddies before we all went our separate ways.

Glenn, you will be missed, but never forgotten.

By: colin from the lads

When: 30th Sep 2009

i knew glenn on and off for over 15 years always up for a challenge ready to try anything positive and motivated, he was and still is a shining example of what an individual can achieve.

proud to be your friend i know even now you are looking to take your kayak out on an adventure or assessing a mountain to climb!!!!!

you will always be with us mate... love to you and your family

love to you and your family

By: Jane Stringer

When: 30th Sep 2009

I met Glenn many years ago when I was first introduced to "the lads". As a group we had many a good night out and even good nights in. You were always guaranteed lots of laughter and flirting with Glenn around and, yes Jon, even the occassional spin on the dance floor.

Glenn had such lust for life and energy, he never let his disability get in the way and has achieved in his life much much more than any able bodied person would or could. He set himself challenges that pushed himself to the limit and beyond and always gave 110 per cent.

Glenn you have been a true friend and you will never be forgetton. My thoughts, love and condolences go out to your family at this sad time.

Rest in peace my friend xx

By: Godfrey Martin

When: 30th Sep 2009

Glenn worked with us in the Pensions Review Team at Colonial. He was an inspiration as he reminded us that notwithstanding a challenging disability, he was prepared to go the extra mile and to push himself to the limit. I cannot ever remember hearing him moan about any discomfort or pain. He just got on with life and work and sought to enjoy it to the fullest. I am glad to have been his friend and colleague.

May he rest in peace.


By: Tina Fotherby

When: 30th Sep 2009

Glenn, you were a complete one-off.

Wise, interesting, kind, a great listener but above everything else, incredibly brave!

How lucky we all were to have known you. We will never forget you.

By: Grant Blackman

When: 29th Sep 2009

I first meet Glenn at a party around a friends house, we were both at the buffet and I said "would you like a hand " well, anyone who knew Glenn could imagine the polite but direct response !

Needless to say, we became great friends and enjoyed many an outdoor excursion with a great group of friends. Which then lead him on to, well everything anyone could have dreamed of.

In the words of his very bestest vehicle Land Rover "One Life. Live it"
He certainly did that, Mr Best-Shaw we will miss you RIP.

By: Haley Lancaster

When: 29th Sep 2009

I was lucky enough to meet Glenn and travel around South Island, New Zealand with him. We bonded straight away, the whole trip was such a good laugh and I have many amazing memories. He was a tremendous inspiration with a great spirit and determination to let nothing stand in the way of achieving his dreams. I'm so glad to have spent that time with him.

Rest in peace, you will be fondly remembered. H

By: steve howard

When: 29th Sep 2009

Will miss you mate. I remember some of the works parties, and your ability to get home irrespective of the amount you had drunk. There werent enough of those. Your positive outlook was an inspiration to us all.

Sleep well mate

By: Damon Coulter

When: 29th Sep 2009

I met Glenn when he worked in Maidstone and came into the camping shop where I was working wearing a Lonely Planet T-shirt. We got talking about travel and that was that, we were friends. The man was great, it was difficult not to be friends with Glenn his energy was inspiring and he had a lust for life that was amazing. He never let his disabilities get in the way of adventure. I loved his sense of humour and the manic imagination that was always thinking to that next far-flung corner of the world, the next horizon, the next challenge.

I`ve been living far away for years now and as is the way with life, even though we promise otherwise, I had not contacted him enough these last few years. I regret that because he was always glad to see me when I came back to the UK. I will miss catching up with him next time I do. Cheers Glenn mate for all the good conversations and friendship. Missed it too small a word for the empty space in the world you have left now that you have embarked on your latest adventure.
Take care on that one, I will often think of you.


By: Steven East

When: 29th Sep 2009

As a fellow member of the "Gathering gang" - you were one of the originals.
I hope your new audience will be inspired as we all were - guess when we now look up - an even brighter star will start to shine.

Keep smiling.

By: Robin Sieger

When: 29th Sep 2009

Like many others I met Glenn, and once met never forgotten. He climbed mountains that none of us will have to scale, and did so with a determination, patience and quiet dignity, that sets him apart. I am glad to have met him, and been touched by his spirit.

By: Jon Clark

When: 29th Sep 2009

Glenn wasn't dealt life's best hand, but that was never a consideration for him. His accomplishments put most able bodied people to shame. He took no prisoners, his strength and determination were amazing, his sense of humour wicked.

My many fond memories of Glenn, to name a few, include skiing in Colorado, shooting rapids on the Wye, and his crowd of ladies on the dance floor. (He could certainly dance better that I can!)

I was lucky enough to spend an enjoyable few hours with Glenn 2 days before his operation, he was on top form and absolutely determined to come through (he had the doctors well organised), can't believe he didn't.

Nice one Glenn, you'll be missed.

By: Ben Saunders

When: 28th Sep 2009

An incredible man with an indomitable spirit, Glenn certainly inspired me, and I think he showed us all -with humility and a wicked sense of humour- that obstacles are there to overcome. As Jack London put it, “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes playing a poor hand well.”

Rest in peace Glenn.

By: Ed Bassett

When: 28th Sep 2009

Anyone who knew Glenn would agree he was a remarkable man. For me though, it wasn't his determination or ability to face the many challenges in his life. It was his generosity of spirit, wicked sense of humour, loyalty as a friend and openess that made him so likeable. I firmly believe that, had he not been disabled Glenn would still have been a remarkable man. He is a sad loss and I shall miss him.

By: Chris Ward

When: 28th Sep 2009

Having had the pleasure of working with Glenn since 2005, I found he was an inspiration to everyone he meets and can change a bad day into a great one.

RIP Mate

By: Jacky Wills

When: 27th Sep 2009

Glenn was a formidable and inspirational guy. He touched many people's lives, and amazed us all with his intrepid attitude and his determination to live life to the full.
Always positive, never defeated, always smiling and never forgotten!!
We'll miss you in our lives Glenn.

By: Jon Fuller

When: 26th Sep 2009

Glenn epitomised the classic British bulldog spirit, nothing was going to stop him in his quest to defy preconceptions and expectations. The trips to Everest and Antarctica were amazing but so was every day of his life refusing to accept that his condition was in any way going to hinder him from having a normal life and career.

My fondest memories will be of the many evenings spent putting the world to rights over a glass of port and a cigar. There are too many other stories to relate now – I might add more later – but we still quote one of Glenn’s favourite Essex one liners … “Cheers love, nice one”!

Rest in peace Glenn mate.