|Birth name||Alexander Piers William Hibbert|
19 April 1986 |
Southsea, Hampshire, England
|Occupation||Polar explorer, author, speaker, photographer|
|Sport||Cross-country skiing, Mountaineering, Rowing, Triathlon, Kayaking|
Family and Education
Hibbert was born in Hampshire, the second son of Commodore Richard Hibbert CBE RN, an officer in the Royal Navy. The younger of two brothers, Hibbert attended Canford School before reading Biological Sciences at St Hugh's College, Oxford. Whilst attending Oxford University, Hibbert was actively involved in the Oxford University Exploration Club, The Oxford Union and both college and university boat clubs. He graduated from Oxford in 2007. Hibbert trained for 12 months in the Royal Marines Young Officer batch from September 2008, withdrawing shortly before completion due to injury.
Tiso Trans-Greenland Expedition (The Long Haul)
In 2008 he broke the world record, along with teammate George Bullard, for the longest unsupported polar journey in history. At 21 years old, Hibbert led the 1374 statute mile, 113 day, Tiso Trans-Greenland Expedition. The expedition was notable especially for the youth of the team and for the final week of the expedition, which was completed on dangerously low levels of food. Hibbert prepared for the expedition by climbing various alpine peaks and training in Greenland, Iceland and the UK Highlands and moorland.
Post-Long Haul Projects
In January 2011, it was announced that Hibbert would attempt to break the speed record for crossing the Greenland icecap. The current Norwegian-held record stands at 8 days 9 hours. In order to break the record Hibbert stated that he and his team-mate planned to ski in excess of 40 miles (64 kilometres) and up to 15 hours per day. Despite the team being positioned on the Greenlandic coast on schedule, the planned attempt in April 2011 ended before it began, as low barometric pressure and low cloud cover in the Arctic kept them stranded in Tasiilaq, Greenland for more than a week. On his website Hibbert announced plans to return in the summer. The second attempt on the speed record did take place, starting on 12 August, and finished shy of the record in less than twelve days. Heavily crevassed and turbulent glacial ice and high winds on the plateau contributed to delays which made the record impossible. The pair returned to London on 25 August after flying by helicopter and aircraft from their final position on the Russell Glacier.
The Dark Ice Project
Hibbert announced his first multi-month expedition since The Long Haul (2008) in mid-2012. The series of expeditions laid out plans to reach the Geographic North Pole unsupported in the darkness of winter from the last feasible starting point as yet unattained.
In 2013 the project was relaunched with a new team and despite good health, cancellation was again called due to adverse ice conditions in the northern Nares Strait. They remained in the Qaanaaq region of the High Arctic and integrated with the local Inughuit, driving over 1000 miles with large Thule dogs, similar to Greenland dogs.
Hibbert's first book was an account of his university years and the Tiso TransGreenland expedition, titled The Long Haul, which was published by Tricorn Books in March 2010. The book was launched officially in Stanford's travel bookstore in London's Covent Garden. It attracted positive reviews from Wanderlust magazine and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
A new paperback, Maybe, was announced as due for publishing in late May 2013. The subject matter is a move towards social commentary combined with expedition accounts.
Hibbert competed along with fellow notable graduates of St Hugh's College, Oxford in the Christmas Special of University Challenge of 2013. They successfully defeated Stirling University but did not reach the final.
Hibbert was a finalist in the international BBC Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition in 2003, 2004 and 2010 and was agency signed from the age of eighteen. He contributed exclusively to Getty Images, Oxford Scientific Films and Robert Harding World Imagery. Hibbert was one of the judging panel on the STA Travel Photo Competition 2010, along with senior figures from the photographic industry.
In 2012 and 2013, Hibbert was part of a group of photographers who publicly criticised Getty Images for their treatment of photographers. Their contracts were terminated without any protest from the photographers. Hibbert and some of the other ex-Getty photographers moved their image collections to Stocksy amongst other agencies.
Alex Hibbert works in two differing photographic fields: expedition and natural world photography, and lifestyle.
- Rune Gjeldnes, Norwegian adventurer
- Borge Ousland, Norwegian adventurer
- Ranulph Fiennes, British adventurer
- Bruce Parry, British adventurer
- Ed Stafford, British adventurer
- Ben Saunders, British adventurer
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