Adrian Hayes (adventurer)
Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking polar explorer and adventurer, best known for reaching the three extreme points of the Earth—the Three Poles Challenge—which involved walking all the way to the North Pole, South Pole and summiting Mt. Everest, all in the shortest period of time (1 year, 217 days - his first Guinness World record).
Along with Canadians Devon McDiarmid and Derek Crowe, he set a second Guinness World record in 2009 for the longest unsupported snowkiting journey in Arctic history, the 3,120 kilometres (1,940 mi) vertical crossing of the Greenland ice cap.
Aside from his adventurous exploits, Hayes is also a keynote speaker and business coach, specializing in leadership and team coaching and is a campaigner on various world issues, including economic, social and environmental sustainability.
The middle of three sons, Adrian Hayes grew up in his family run hotel in New Forest, Hampshire, and was educated at St Mary’s College in Southampton. Leaving school at 16, he spent six years in numerous outdoor jobs including bricklaying and farming in the UK, Norway and New Zealand; as a singer/guitarist in a rock band; and travelling the World in between on mountaineering and other adventures & expeditions.
Following two years British Army service as a sabre squadron trooper in 21 SAS, he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served for eight years as an officer in the Brigade of Gurkhas in Hong Kong, Brunei and Oman, the latter a two-year secondment to the Royal Army of Oman in Salalah. After leaving the Army, he studied for an MBA at the University of Nottingham and worked in various international sales and marketing managerial positions before joining Airbus as a Regional Sales Director Middle East and West Asia from 2000–2006, based in Toulouse, France followed by Dubai, UAE. He set up his own company in 2007 becoming a full-time adventurer, speaker and business coach.
Mt Everest 2006
North Pole 2007
On 25 April 2007 Hayes reached the Geographic North Pole after a 50-day expedition covering 775 kilometres (482 mi) (straight line) across the Arctic Ocean from Ward Hunt Island, Canada as part of a three-man team led by Canadian Polar Explorer Richard Weber.
South Pole 2007
Hayes reached the Geographic South Pole on 28 December 2007 after a 47-day expedition covering 1,136 kilometres (706 mi) from Hercules Inlet on the Ronne Ice Shelf of the Antarctic coastline as part of a five-man international team. In doing so he became the 15th person ever to conquer the three extremes of latitude and altitude on Earth – the Three Poles Challenge - and set a record, recognized by Guinness World Records in 2008, for completing all three in the then shortest period of time in history, 19 months and three days.
In 2009, along with Canadian team mates Devon McDiarmid and Derek Crowe, Hayes set out to complete an unsupported vertical crossing of the Greenland ice Cap from Narsaq on the Atlantic Ocean to JP Kocks Fjord in Peary Land on the Arctic Ocean and then onto Qaanaaq on the Baffin Sea in North-West Greenland. The trio completed the never before undertaken journey in 67 days, covering 3,120 kilometres (1,940 mi) (point to point) and achieving the longest unsupported snow-kiting expedition in the Arctic to date. Guinness World Records also recognized the journey in 2010. The film of the expedition, the Emirates NBD Greenland Quest featured in a documentary broadcast on National Geographic channel.
Empty Quarter 2011
Between October–December 2011 Hayes led an expedition re-enacting the travels of British Explorer Wilfred Thesiger across the Arabian Desert, otherwise known as the Rub Al Khali or "Empty Quarter". Travelling with two Beduin team members, Hayes, an Arabic speaker, journeyed by camel and foot from Salalah, Oman to Abu Dhabi, UAE in 44 days, covering 1,600 kilometres (990 mi). The expedition, titled "Footsteps of Thesiger", was filmed for a television documentary charting the modern day expedition, the travels of Thesiger and the culture, heritage and changing lives of the Bedu of Oman and the UAE and broadcast on Discovery Channel in 2012.
In June and July 2013 Hayes was part of team attempting to summit K2 from the Pakistan side, via the Abruzzi Spur. The Expedition was abandoned when an avalanche wiped out Camp 3 at 7,300 metres (24,000 ft), killing New Zealand mountain guide Marty Schmidt and his son Denali. Hayes plans to return to the mountain in 2014 for his second attempt.
A lifetime follower of international affairs, Hayes speaks, writes and campaigns on a number of worldwide causes, concepts and charities, in particular on economic, social and environmental sustainability and is a member or supporter of organisations such as New Economics Foundation (NEF), Population Matters, Action for Happiness, and BioRegional.
|“||I’ve seen melting ice caps with my own eyes and got very wet in the process, but it is pointless campaigning against climate change or to ‘save the Arctic’ without addressing the root cause behind it and virtually every other environmental issue we face: our unsustainable numbers on this planet. That is the real ‘inconvenient truth’.||”|
Hayes's first book, 'Footsteps of Thesiger', chronicling the life of Sir Wilfred Thesiger, his modern re-inaction expedition in Thesiger's trail and the changing lives of the Bedouin of the Arabian Peninsular was published in 2013.
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