Inspirational speaker, Alex Hibbert, currently holds the record, along with teammate George Bullard, for the longest fully unsupported polar expedition in history. An Oxford graduate, Alex led the Tiso 2008 Trans-Greenland Expedition trekking 1374 miles over 113 days over tough arctic terrain without support of any kind.
Alex’s first book, The Long Haul, published by Tricorn Books, was published in March 2010 and tells the gripping story of the 2008 Tiso Trans-Greenland Expedition. The expedition was long and dangerous: it would take the only suitable aeroplane in Greenland a week to pick them up in case of an emergency. They survived hidden crevasses with weak snow bridges and travelled for three weeks in a complete “white out”. One of Alex’s skis broke and a food depot was destroyed in one of the many ravaging storms. They survived the last ten days of their expedition on a single biscuit. The expedition chartered a new route from the Nagtivit glacier on the east coast of Greenland to Baffin Bay on the West Coast.
Preparation and planning were key. Also, Alex chose his teammate George Bullard very carefully. He needed someone capable of enduring long periods of physical exertion as well as boredom – and most importantly someone of good, stable character.
Alex is able to speak to audiences in a compelling and meaningful way. Many of the challenges he has faced are relevant to business and young entrepreneurs today. His attributes and messages include:
· Champion of traditional polar expedition techniques – a purist
· Author of ‘The Long Haul’ – no ghost writer
· Accomplished photographer with Getty Images
· Intellectual – thinking you way out of dangerous and arduous situations
· Making relationships work in challenging conditions – conflict resolution
· Maintaining integrity under stress
· Coping psychologically with endurance situations
· Risk assessment
Alex is an accomplished speaker and was a featured speaker at the 2010 Adventure Travel Show in London. Alex is a qualified polar guide.
‘Your talk was gripping!’ – Cee Weston-Baker, Pan Macmillan Publishing
‘Thank you for your fabulous presentation last night. The people enjoyed it very much.’ – Sue Lupton Consulting
‘Those looking outside their own organisations for inspiration would do well to rally behind this man’s vision and be a part of something that has magic in it.’ – Pen Hadow, polar explorer
‘Alex not only gave an inspirational talk, he is also evidence that the spirit of genuine polar exploration is alive and well. His willingness to share his experience and advice for young enthusiasts was especially gracious.’ – Dr Ed Russell, Eton College’