The Polar Ocean Challenge

Part of the Minerva Series of Lectures

  • 13 Feb 2019, 6.00pm to 13 Feb 2019, 7.00pm GMT
  • East Building Lecture Theatre 1.1, University of Bath
  • This event is free
An iceberg in Svalbard
An iceberg in Svalbard

Sir David Hempleman-Adams was the first man to reach the geographic and magnetic North and South Poles as well as climbing the highest peaks in all seven continents; the Adventurers’ ‘Grand Slam’. Now he has crewed the first British sailing boat to sail around the NE/NW passages in one season and will give us his personal exciting account of this epic journey with the consequences of this venture and the implications of global warming.

This lecture has been organised in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society.

Speaker profiles

David Hempleman-Adams is a veteran Adventurer, predominantly in Mountaineering, Polar and Aviation and recently sailing. He is an accomplished mountaineer, having climbed the seven highest peaks of the seven continents and reached the North and South Geographic and Magnetic Poles.

In 1998 David turned to ballooning. In 2006, David broke the altitude record in an AX-6 hot air balloon when he reached 40,000 ft (minus 60) after his fifth attempt over three years. In 2008 David, along with co-pilot Jonathan Mason, won the prestigious Gordon Bennett Balloon race.

In 2014, David wanted to promote awareness of climate change through schools. He embarked on the Polar Ocean Challenge. A four year project to sail around the North Pole via the North East and North West Passages in one season; a first for a British boat. David has set 46 FAI World Aviation Records. He holds 80 honours and awards, has done 34 polar expeditions and has been to the Poles 20 times.

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East Building Lecture Theatre 1.1 University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY United Kingdom


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