Unsupported to the "Three" Poles - The First to the South and North Poles and Everest Summit
Tuesday, 13 September 2005
2/F Sports House (presently being renamed Olympic House), So Kong Po, Causeway Bay
Drinks and snacks 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
We are delighted to welcome to Hong Kong the great Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge. Over the past fifteen years, Erling Kagge has been a pioneer in polar and other expeditions and set new standards of accomplishment under extreme conditions. Norway's most acclaimed explorer and greatest adventurer, Erling Kagge was the first person to surmount the "three poles" - North, South and the summit of Mount Everest. Mr. Kagge was also the first man to reach the North Pole unsupported and the first man to reach the South Pole, solo and unsupported. Then, by climbing Mount Everest, he became the first to reach all "three poles".
Mr. Kagge's extraordinary expedition career started in 1982, when he sailed across the Atlantic twice as a skipper in a 35 ft. sailboat. Then, in 1987, he sailed around Cape Horn and across the Drake Passage to Antarctica in a 60 ft. sailboat. He also participated in numerous sailing, climbing and skiing exploits and had also begun training for his record-breaking expeditions.
Turning his attention to polar exploration, in 1990 he became the first man to reach the North Pole unsupported with BÝrge Ousland. They had no assistance from either dogs or motorised equipment - a feat which representatives of many nations had been trying to accomplish for the previous 20 years. This expedition was filled with drama, as the ice gave way under their feet several times, and they were attacked by a polar bear.
Then, in 1993, he became the first man to reach the South Pole, solo and unsupported, walking alone for 50 days. Travelling on skis from 18 November 1992 until 7 January 1993, Mr. Kagge dragged a 120-kilo sledge behind him for 1,350 kilometers with no outside help and no contact whatsoever with the rest of the world. Mr. Kagge was featured on the front cover of numerous publications for this amazing feat.
In 1994, he climbed Mount Everest to become the first person to reach all "three poles".
Mr. Kagge has lectured widely including to the Royal Geographical Society, Olympic Aid, Royal Danish Geographical Society, and numerous other societies and universities. He also has numerous publications, including "Pole to Pole and beyond", "Alone to the South Pole" and "The North Pole, the last race". He has also been the leader story in publications including Geographical, CNN, BBC, ABC, CBS, Time Magazine, Readers' Digest, The Wall Street Journal, The Times and numerous other major newspapers and TV/radio stations. He appeared in the television documentary "Poles Apart: Alone to the South Pole" which was distributed worldwide. In 1996, Mr. Kagge founded Kagge Forlag, a leading Scandinavian publishing company. Mr. Kagge was educated at the University of Oslo and is a visiting scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge University.
Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$50 for Members, HK$100 for Members' guests and HK$150 for others. A Norgwegian seafood snacks buffet is generously being provided by the Norwegian representative office in Hong Kong.