Angie Butler on The Quest for Frank Wild
Angie Butler is an author, adventurer, entrepreneur and artist, who was utterly gripped by the story of Frank Wild.
Initially drawn to Wild because she wanted to know what had happened to one of the Greatest Polar Explorers of all time in South Africa, and if he looked backed to England, missing his home, as she looked back to her childhood in South Africa.
Despite being an incredible polar explorer, returning to Antarctica 5 times with Scott, being Shackleton’s right hand man and having an outstanding reputation as a immensely strong, resilient and loving man.
Wild ended up penniless in South Africa, and it was here, over the years that his reputation became tarnished through embellished journalist stories, as a drifter, alcoholic, friendless and poor.
Angie couldn’t believe that this great polar explorer ended his days in such an awful so way, so she set off on an amazing 7 year Quest, determined to get to the bottom of Frank Wild.
No one knew where Wild was buried nor what had happened to his remains. Through incredible tenacity and determination, Angie discovered his ashes and returned them to South Georgie, where Wild was buried next to Shackleton. An unprecedented event.
Angie made Wild’s dreams come true: burying him with Shackleton and publishing his polar memoirs. However, Wild has also brought so much to Angie, including her co-founding Ice Tracks and creating connections with many wonderful people.
This is a conversation about Angie’s quest.
It’s about what happens when you step into the unknown and stretch yourself — important lessons learned from embarking on your own quest.
It’s about the story of one of the greatest polar explorers from the Edwardian times and the legacy he has left behind.
And it’s about tenacity, determination, achievement and opportunitiesthat adventure brings to you.
I sincerely hope you enjoy this powerful, reflective exchange with the inspiring Angie Butler.
IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL LEARN
- Angie’s journey from journalist and artist to entrepreneur, adventurer and author
- The incredible story of one of the Greatest Polar Explorers: Frank Wild
- The difference between Modern Day and Edwardian adventurers, the difference between Survivors and Non-Survivors
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Who Angie Butler is the world today
[0:45] Introducing Angie
[1:47] The word game!
[2:36] Angie’s many hats
Adventure & the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration
[5:06] What adventure means to Angie
[5:57] What ignited Angie’s passion for the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration
[10:25] The modern day adventurer
[11:42] Modern Day Vs. Edwardian Adventurers
Angie’s Quest for Frank Wild
[13:35] Who is Frank Wild?
[16:57] What drew Angie to Wild
[18:30] Why Wild ended up with a tarnished reputation
[20:29] Angie’s favourite Wild story
[21:44] Wild’s stand out Antarctic moment
[23:23] Angie’s journey of uncovering Wild’s story
[26:55] How it felt when Angie burred his ashes in 2011
[31:43] How Wild has transformed and inspired Angie’s life
[34:15] Seeing Antarctica for the first time
[36:45] Insight into next book
[38:11] The Wild Philosophy
[39:10] Connect with Angie
[39:46] What Angie would put on a billboard
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