Adrian Hayes holds the world record for reaching the Earth's "3 Poles", walking to the North Pole, South Pole and summiting Mt Everest, in the shortest period of time in history and a second world record for the longest unsupported Arctic expedition in history, the vertical crossing of the Greenland ice cap. Conquering the North Pole, South Pole and Mt Everest, the World’s three extremes of latitude and altitude, were probably the three greatest feats of human endurance and exploration of the last century. Each challenge alone has obsessed mankind and given rise to a library of literature. A group of just 18 adventurers, one of the world’s most exclusive clubs, had conquered all three, with Mr Hayes holding the record.
On 25 May 2006, Mr Hayes summited Mt Everest by the South Col/South East Ridge route, despite having broken his oxygen mask.
On 25 April 2007, Mr Hayes reached the North Pole after a 50 day, 775 km expedition from Ward Hunt Island, Canada, as part of a 3 man team. On 28 December that same year, he reached the South Pole after a 47 day 1,136 km unsupported trek from Hercules Inlet on the coast of Antarctica. These three achievements took him a little over a year and a half, breaking the previous shortest period of time by some months.
In 2009, he followed this with his Greenland Quest expedition, a vertical crossing of the full length of the Greenland ice cap. Using kites to harness the power of the wind, the 67 day, 3,120 km journey without any resupplies became the longest unsupported kite journey in Arctic history, for which he and his team mates received another world record. The documentary of the expedition has been shown on National Geographic channel.
Adrian Hayes hails from the UK and is a polar explorer, adventurer, keynote speaker, corporate coach and sustainability ambassador. A former Hong Kong-based Gurkha Officer and Special Forces soldier in the British Army, Mr Hayes has a career of adventure and expeditions, having served, climbed, sailed, dived, sky-dived, kayaked, trekked and much more in ice caps, mountains, jungle and desert the world over. He was also for 6 years the Regional Sales Director for Airbus Middle East and West Asia. With 20 years experience in leadership, he now runs his own company delivering leadership and team coaching programmes worldwide. A keen follower of politics and international affairs, he is also an ambassador and speaker on economic, social and environmental sustainability. A resident of the UAE, Mr Hayes has worked in 9 countries, visited over 100, and speaks 3 languages in addition to English.
Members of the RGS, their guests and others are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$180 for RGS Members and HK$220 for guests and others which includes drinks and snacks.