1.) Crossing the Ice is an incredible story of adventure, perseverance, but most of all friendship. Do you think having your best mate Cas there was the biggest contributor to your success?
Having Cas there was A HUGE thing! The two of us really like to do expeditions with other people, to be able to share the adventure and some of the stress and workload both before and during the trip really makes it possible. We tried to be there for each other a much a possible. Whenever I was down he'd try and bring me back up and whenever he was down I'd be there for him. We weren't just doing the expedition for ourselves there was the other person out there that we were thinking of too. There's no one that I'd trust more to back me up on an expedition than Cas.
2.) You have made two films now about your expeditions - how much more difficult does it become when you have to film yourselves? Did you ever have to put the camera away and just concentrate on your own survival?
We made the commitment to ourselves that we'd document this journey and do it right...whenever there was an incident, we were angry or elated. We always made the effort to pull the camera out. The harder part was to pull out the video camera for the shots in between. All the travelling shots, close up's etc etc. For instance each of the two shots that you see us travelling across the landscape took on average between 15-20mins to film each. We worked out that we probably lost two days of skiing to filming these shots over the course of the entire expedition.
Towards the later end of the expedition when the bodies were about to give up the ghost we had to just concentrate on survival and filming just the CRITICAL things like breaking down in the tent, finishing etc. We tried to ensure that in the earlier months of the expedition that we were able to film alot of those other shots.
3.) In 2007, you and Cas were the first to kayak the Tasman Sea and in 2011, the first to ski unsupported to the South Pole and back again. Have you guys started planning your next adventure? What’s next for Cas and Jonesy?
Ha ha, spending 3 months in a tent in Antarctica is a pretty good way to think up a lot of cool expedition idea and we've got a couple of big expedition ideas that want to pursue...but Cas has just had a kid (well 10 weeks ago) so we're going to put them on hold for this year and let him focus on that for a while. So this year we're planning a number of smaller (up to 2 weeks) mini expeditions...like our Facebook page to follow them:
4.) If anybody missed the film during the festival what’s the best way for them to pick up a copy?
At the moment, the DVD is available from our website: casandjonesy.com.au/shop/. We have plans to have a it available as a direct download but this most likely won't be till 2014. National Geographic will be playing our doco at some stage later in the year.