Leader of the first successful British team to walk unsupported from Canada to the Geographic North Pole. After immense challenges – including the evacuation of two team members – and extreme frostbite and hunger, Alan and team mate, Charlie Paton, raised the Union Jack on top of the world at 23:16 hours on 16th May 2000. The walk on the ice lasted a gruelling 70 days.
He particptaed in the planning and execution of that first winter crossing of Iceland on skis from the west coast to the east. Previously attempted six times by various nationalities. Iceland was deemed un-crossable. Dragging sledges each weighing 240 pounds, the four-man team skied in arctic blizzard conditions for 47 days over 500 miles.
2003 – Led a team of city business people to the top of the workd and then went on to ski across Greenland using 12 meter traction kites with fellow adventurer Pete Goss MBE.
2004 – Led team of 15 internationally known business leaders across 60 miles of Artcic Ice to reach the Geographic North Pole. This year Alan and team mate, Pete Goss MBE, will recreate the expedition.
Alan is curently planning his 2006 expedition, the Polar Bridge, in which he will attempt to become the first British explorer to walk unsupported from Russia to Canada via the Geographic North Pole.
He was invited by Sir Clive Woodward to speak to the England Rugby Football Senior Squad in preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2003, concentrating on project focus and maintaining direction in adversity.
During 16 years service with the Royal Marines, Alan worked around the globe in the most extreme climates – including the arctic, desert, jungle and remote mountains. He is formally qualified as a diver, parachutist, paramedic and ski survival instructor, as well as advising other expeditions on survival in the high arctic.
‘Inspirational – He’s a genuine hero’ Charles Dunstone, Carphone Warehouse
‘Alan’s amazing story, highlighting the remarkable focus and leadership he had around the North Pole trip, truly inspired the team in their preparation for Rugby World Cup 2003’ Martin Johnson, England Rugby World Cup Captain
‘I think it was one of the best presentations I have ever seen and I know the team feel the same way’ Rooney Anand, CEO, Greene King Brewing Company
‘I am a tremendous fan of Alan and feel strongly that his incredible story should be shared with the world. He is an adventurer of this century who leads by example in a thoughtful and skillful way. His self-confidence builds teams by recognising that it takes the whole team and not one man to succeed. I am in awe of Alan’s accomplishments’ Rose Sculley, Director of Development, Women’s World Banking
Alan has delivered team building and management lectures to Imperial Tobacco, Microsoft, Opodo.com, BP, UBS, Lloyds Pharmaceutical, WH Smiths, Johnson & Johnson, Nokia, Terra Firma, Red Bull Ltd., Yahoo Europe, GM Motors, Flight Centre, London Business School, Dartmouth USA, Harvard, Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers, Kings College London, AMP Mutual Bank and the London Stock Exchange, to name a few.
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