Explorer David Hempleman-Adams to give a masterclass in leadership

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The explorer David Hempleman-Adams will be visiting the University on Wednesday 25th February to talk to students from Public Services and Youth Work. This is his third visit to the University.

David will speak to students about his career as a polar explorer and adventurer, what motivates his work and the lessons he has learned about leading others in difficult circumstances. 

About David Hempleman-Adams

In 1996, he became the first Briton to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole. Two years later, following a solo expedition to the North Pole, he was the first person to reach both the Geographic and Magnetic North and South Poles and climb the highest mountains in all seven continents. In total, he has made over thirty Arctic expeditions, reaching the Poles a record 14 times.

More recently, he has set numerous ballooning records. In 2000, he became the first person to fly a balloon across the North Pole and, in 2003, made the first flight across the Atlantic in an open wicker basket rozier balloon. In 2007, he set the world record for an ascent in a hot air balloon. In 2008, he was part of the team which won the Gordon Bennett Balloon Race, the only British team to have won the world’s oldest gas balloon race in its century-long history. To date, he has set 39 world aviation records.

His passion for adventure began in south Wales, not far from the University, when he trekked and camped in the Brecon Beacons as a schoolboy as part of the Bronze Award of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. He is committed to helping young people to challenge and achieve through outdoor activities, just as he did when he first came to Wales. 

David is now a Trustee of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, one of the best known charities aimed at developing young people through thousands of centres across the UK.  In 1992, David launched his own charity, the Youth Adventure Trust, which works with vulnerable young people to develop their confidence and skills through adventure programmes, including the Brecon 10 Peaks Challenge. 

In 2012, he headed a team of soldiers who had been wounded on active service on a trek to the South Pole to mark the 100thanniversary of the epic journey led by Robert Falcon Scott and to raise £1 million for Walking with the Wounded and Alzheimers Research UK. He was also the narrator for the exhibition staged at the Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace for the centennial commemorations of the expeditions to the South Pole of both Scott and Ernest Shackleton. He is the author of six books on mountaineering, polar exploration and ballooning, includingWalking on Thin Ice (1999) and The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography(2011).

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