British explorer Pen Hadow is an inspirational speaker, bestselling author of ‘Solo’, and founder of Geo Mission, a pioneering environmental sponsorship organisation, and The Polar Travel Company, the first specialist polar guide service.
One of the foremost explorers and guides in the world, Pen rose to fame in 2003 by becoming the first person to trek solo, without resupply by third parties, from Canada to the North Geographic Pole – a journey which spanned 480miles/770km across the Arctic Ocean’s disintegrating sea ice and involved 75 days alone on the Arctic Ocean, one of the world’s most extreme environments.
The feat, which has never been repeated, involved hauling a 120kg/265lb sledge containing the supplies and equipment necessary to complete the journey. Pen even swam part of the distance, which almost cost him his life more than once in the sub-zero waters of the Arctic Ocean, over a thousand miles/1,500 km and 10 days from any possibility of help.
Just a year later Pen partnered with ex-French Foreign Legionnaire and international business leader, Simon Murray for a trek to the South Geographic Pole. The expedition raised nearly half a million dollars for the Royal Geographical Society and made Pen the only Briton to have trekked, without resupply, to both the North and South Geographic Poles.
Back in 1995, Pen had founded The Polar Travel Company, a specialist polar guide service to enable people from all alms of life to undertake their adventurous Arctic and Antarctic dreams.
By 2009 Pen's specialist polar expertise, combined with his concern for the rapid melting Arctic Ocean sea ice, led him to form Geo Mission, a pioneering environmental sponsorship organisation, which delivered the multi-award winning series of Catlin Arctic Surveys (2009-2011) investigating the rates, causes and global impacts of the rapidly depleting Arctic sea ice.
Thanks to his record-breaking exploits, high-profile environmental research, and engaging personality, Pen is now in considerable demand worldwide as an inspirational and motivational speaker, delivering memorable, thought-provoking and engaging talks on executive performance in challenging business environments, keynotes on the challenges environmental change presents to businesses and leaders, and after-dinner talks on life as an explorer. Pen also provides executive coaching and personal mentoring services.
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