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Hannah McKeand

Polar Expedition Training founder and Guinness World Record holder Hannah McKeand has over 14 years of experience in the polar world. Her goal is to share not only her ideas about polar travel, but the broad range of options that are available to you on almost every topic and decision.

There surely isn’t anyone more knowledgeable than Hannah on polar expeditions and polar travel, it was the draw for me to attend this course. Brilliant teaching style, very patient, challenged us when necessary and always let us chew her ear with incessant questions throughout the course.
— Jenny Davis - 2017 student, professional ultra runner

Biography

In 2006 Hannah McKeand set a world speed record for skiing solo and unsupported to the South Pole, a journey of 690 miles that she completed in 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes. She went on to completed six expeditions to the South Pole and over 6000 miles of Antarctic sled-hauling, more than anyone else in the world today. She has also undertaken expeditions on the Arctic Ocean, Greenland, South America, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Namibia, Afghanistan and the Amazon and she has sailed around the world. She works full time as a polar field guide, logistics consultant, and motivational speaker.

Hannah actively mentors young people, teaches aspiring explorers and hopes that by writing and speaking about her experiences in the world and sharing them with those who care to read or listen, then she will inspire people to go after their own dreams and achieve their own goals.

Hannah now lives in Salt Lake City. 


awards

2006 - Guinness World Recold - Fastest Solo Unsupported Coat to South Pole

2007 - Sue Ryder, Woman of the Year Award

2012 - Guinness World Record - Most expeditions coast to South Pole - Six

2018 - AITO Travel Writer of the Year Award ( Under 1500 words)

resume

Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society

Member of the Explorers Club

IPGA Board Member

Committee member of the Shackleton Award

Founding committee member of the Wally Herbert Award

Patron of the British Schools Exploring Society

Baffin and Slingfin team athlete.

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2004 

  • Skied 56 days from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole on the Hercules route as part of a guided team.

  • Undertook a 1 month expedition up the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan as part of a team.

2005

  • Watch leader on the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race

2006

  • Refitted the 23m expedition yacht The Blizzard for high latitude sailing and co-founded Blizzard Expeditions.

  • Set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest solo and unsupported ski journey from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole on the Hercules route, 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes.

2007

  • Three week training trip on the Arctic Ocean near the North Pole

  • Guided 6 clients on the last 2 degrees to the South Pole.

  • Made a The North Face team athlete.

  • Sailed the yacht Blizzard from Tasmania, around the Southern Ocean to Southern Chile.

2007-2009

  • Undertook sailing charters from Southern Chile to the Antarctic Peninsula, Cape Horn and around the Beagle Channel

2008

  • Solo North Pole attempt aborted after 16 days due to dislocated shoulder.

  • Greenland 3 week kite traverse of eastern ice cap as team member.

2009

  • Solo through-hiked the central GR11, 21 days.

  • Guided an individual client from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole on the Messner route, 38 days.

2010

  • Guided an individual client from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole on the Hercules route, 48 days.

  • Guided and mentored 6 Youth Ambassadors on a 200km hike through the Amazon Rain Forest for I2P.

2011

  • Guided a team of 3 from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole on the Messner Route, including the first registered blind person to achieve this, 39 days.

  • Deputy Camp Manager of the Scott Centenary South Pole Camp.

2012

  • Guided a single client from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole on the Messner Route, 38 days.

  • Awarded second Guinness World Record for having completed more expeditions to the South Pole than anyone ever.

  • Guided and mentored 5 Youth Ambassadors on a two week running expedition in Bolivia, completing 8 marathons in 8 days with I2P.

  • Co-founded Expeditions365 and created their first Polar Training Course.

2013

  • Remote Camp Manager of the ALE Emperor Penguin camp and the ALE South Pole camp, 3 months on Antarctica.

  • Co-delivered Expeditions365 Polar Training Course to 2 students including Lewis Clarke who went on to become the youngest person to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole.

  • Undertook a 3-week expedition to the Brandberg Massif in Namibia, surveying all it's many rock-art sites as part of a team.

2014

  • Remote Camp Manager of the ALE Emperor Penguin camp, 2 months on Antarctica.

2015

  • Remote Camp Manager of the ALE Emperor Penguin camp and the ALE South Pole camp, 3 months on Antarctica.

  • Co-delivered Expeditions365 Polar Training Course to 5 students, including Zac Poulton who went on to a guiding career on Antarctica.

  • Delivered a bespoke Polar Training Course in North America to 1 student who went on to undertake a solo expedition on Antarctica.

  • Guided 6 clients on a short trip to the North Pole 1 week.

2016

  • Remote Camp Manager of the ALE Emperor Penguin camp and the ALE South Pole camp, 3 months on Antarctica.

  • Delivered a bespoke Polar Training Course in Canada to 1 student who went on to undertake a solo expedition on Antarctica.

  • Co-delivered Expeditions365 Polar Training Course to 4 students. And a solo-delivered second course to 2 students who both went on to successfully ski the last degree to the South Pole.

  • Awarded second place in the AITO Travel Writer of the Year Awards

2017

  • Remote Camp Manager of the ALE Emperor Penguin camp and the ALE South Pole camp, 3 months on Antarctica.

  • Co-delivered Expeditions365 Polar Training Course to 5 students.

  • Founded Polar Expedition Training as an independent company focussed on delivering high quality Polar Training.

2018

  • Remote Camp Manager of the ALE Emperor Penguin camp and the ALE South Pole camp, 3 months on Antarctica.

  • Delivered polar training courses for Polar Expedition Training in Finse, Norway.

  • Guided a last degree to the North Pole with 4 clients.