Pen Hadow

Pen Hadow

Director, Arctic Mission

Pen Hadow is one of the foremost explorers of the Arctic Ocean, and is now dedicated to the United Nations process that will enable permanent protection for the wildlife and ecosystem of the international waters around the North Pole.

Hadow leads the not-for-profit 90°North Unit which advocates protection for the North Pole region; and he is director of the annual scientific research and public engagement programme, Arctic Mission, which supports the Unit’s work.

In 2017 Arctic Mission sailed two 50’ yachts into the North Pole’s international waters, the first non-icebreaking vessels in history to do so, to demonstrate the increasing accessibility of these waters to surface commercial shipping and fishing, and therefore the emerging human threat to the wildlife already stressed by the reduced sea ice cover.

Previously, Hadow led the multi-award-winning US$10m international scientific research programme, Catlin Arctic Survey (2008-2012) investigating the rates, causes and impacts of the Arctic’s rapidly melting sea ice.

In 2003 Hadow became the first person to have trekked solo, and without resupply, across the sea ice from Canada to the North Geographic Pole – a feat unrepeated to date, that had taken three attempts over 15 years to achieve; and is the first Briton without resupply to both the North and South Geographic Poles from the respective continental coastlines.

He has written books, including the best-seller, Solo, self-filmed a documentary for National Geographic, presented a series on BBC Radio 4, and contributed to numerous TV documentaries and books about adventure and exploration. He is also a patron of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the British Exploring Society, the Scientific Exploration Society, and is president of the OH Adventurers.

He is also the first recorded pupil at Harrow School to have run its legendary 20-mile Long Ducker (1977) – an event that has now become the largest annual event in this famous school’s calendar.

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