Meet Rob. Survivor.

In January 2010 Rob’s life changed forever.

While working in Zanzibar the house he was living in caught fire, trapping him inside. With a 27% chance of survival, over 200 days in hospital, 30 operations (so far) and the pain of having to learn to walk again, the staff fought to rebuild his life.

Before, during and after the expedition the medical members of the team will be performing tests while monitoring Rob’s physiology. The team are hoping to determine if there are any clues in his body’s response to the stress of the cold and sustained exercise that might explain his survival from this devastating burn.

The “From Fire to Ice” expedition aims to generate money for ‘‘Dan’s Fund For Burns’‘ (DFFB), from the very people it was set up to support.

Surviving in figures:

Hours in hospital

% Burns to the body

Operations to date

% Chance of survival

Expedition Featured News

We are happy to release the From Fire to Ice Expedition Trailer.

A Documentary will be produced covering the fire, medical research, build up and, the expedition itself.

Before watching the trailer, we would like to warn you that this movie does contain images of a graphical nature and viewer discretion is advised.

Despite the warning, we hope that it gives you an idea as to why Rob is so keen to complete this expedition.

The Expedition in figures:

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Latest News

Latest News

From Fire to Ice Monaco

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

Back in July 2015 you may remember that Rob and Seb visited the amazing Principality of Monaco to meet and discuss the expedition with Prince Albert II of Monaco. Today, after having HSH the Prince grant us his patronage a few months ago, the paperwork from the Palace came though. We are absolutely honoured and…


Polar explorer Norway Rob Small

Keeping warm with Rab

Well…the last few days have been amazing! After sharing great conversation and food and attending the Expedition Exhibition it was time to break out the new Rab clothing range provided to the expedition. As temperatures dropped to -26 centigrade, pulks were packed, skis were prepared and warmest jackets were donned. After a few days out in the…


Dr Greg Williams Polar explorer

Arrival of Dr Greg Williams

Seb and Rob were joined by Dr Greg Williams just in time to participate in the Expedition Festival hosted by the venerable mountain hotel which was once frequented by Captain Scott, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Amundsen and Nansen. The team were invited to attend the Shackleton Award ceremony, an international melting pot of modern day polar…


Northern lights norway

Spectacular welcome

Rob and Seb arrived at ‪Finse1222‬ on Thursday 11 Feb after a scenic train ride through the Norwegian mountains. At midnight a magnificent display of the Northern Lights greeted them both; in fact it was so spectacular Seb walked out into the darkness to capture some amazing photos at -18 centigrade! Yesterday, they both began…


Finse1222 norway

In search of snow

Rob and Seb are on their way to Norway for some winter training among the mountains of the Hardangervidda National Park. As well as the training, they will also be at ‪Finse1222‬ and The Expedition Festival. Follow their updates over the next few days…there are some great activities planned.

Polar Ice exploration expedition

Glacier Calving World Record

Not really to do with the expedition but pretty incredible to watch! This rare footage has gone on record as the largest glacier calving event ever captured on film, by the 2016 Guiness Book of World Records. On May 28, 2008, Adam LeWinter and Director Jeff Orlowski filmed a historic breakup at the Ilulissat Glacier…