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Ben Saunders

The New "Sir Ranulph Fiennes"

Ben Saunders is best known for leading one of the most ambitious polar expeditions in a century, he was the first to successfully complete an epic, 105-day, 1,800-mile trek on foot to the South Pole—equivalent to running 69 marathons back-to-back. In 2017 he became the second person in history to reach both Poles solo and unassisted, after 52 days and 6 alone in Antarctic conditions described as “The worst in 25 years.” In January 2018 he became the third person in history to have skied solo to both poles.

Between October 2013 and February 2014 Ben led a three-man team setting out to retrace Captain Scott’s ill-fated return journey to the South Pole on foot. More than 100 years after Scott’s last expedition, this four-month, 1,800-mile expedition was the longest human-powered polar expedition in history, and the first time that Scott’s journey has been completed.

Ben has five North Pole expeditions under his belt and has accomplished some of the world’s most impressive polar expeditions. He is the youngest person to ski solo to the North Pole and holds the record for the longest solo Arctic journey by a Briton. He also holds the record for the longest human-powered polar journey in history and is the third in history and the youngest by 10 years to reach the North Pole alone and on foot. Since 2001, he has skied more than 4,300 miles (or 164 marathons) in the Polar Regions. A powerful advocate for the natural world, Saunders has seen first-hand the effects of climate change, and his expeditions are raising awareness for sustainable solutions. He has also climbed in the Nepalese Himalayas, worked as an instructor at the John Ridgway School of Adventure, raced bikes at a national level, and run seven marathons and three ultra-marathons.

Born in 1977, Ben grew up in Devon, was educated at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and lives in London. He is passionate about the great outdoors and spent four months walking and climbing in the Nepalese Himalayas aged 19, going on to work as an instructor at the John Ridgway School of Adventure in the Scottish Highlands, once billed as “the UK’s toughest management training school”.

When he’s not pulling a sledge, Ben divides his time between planning and training for his next expedition, and earning a crust as one of the UK’s leading motivational speakers.

Ben is a Global Brand Ambassador for Land Rover, an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, a Patron of the British Schools Exploring Society, an honorary member of the Cordon Rouge Club, a Fellow of the British American Project, and supports the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and the Orchid Cancer Appeal.

 

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Thriving In Challenging Environments

Business Insider succinctly summarised Ben Saunders’ infamous journey to the South Pole as “A Polar Expedition that Killed Everyone the Last Time It Was Attempted.” Believing that “we can all accomplish great feats through ambition, passion, stubbornness, and refusal to quit,” Saunders shares stories about how to rise to the challenge in front of you and thrive in the most challenging environments. From pushing past mental and physical barriers to exploring your innate inner strength, Saunders shows audiences how to embrace adversity and challenge in order to reach their true potential. When your body says quit, what makes your mind charge ahead? When the stakes are high and things go wrong, how do we remain calm and moving forward? This modern day Shackleton takes audiences on an expedition about endurance and determination that is applicable to us all.

Achieving The Impossible

Showcasing spectacular visuals, a commanding stage presence, and funny stories, Ben Saunders enthrals audiences as he looks at why “Impossible is just someone’s opinion.” Taking audiences with him on his treks across the North and South Poles, he shares the keys to beating the odds and staying motivated even through challenges, risks, and setbacks. Stating that “No one else is an authority on your potential,” he unravels the mysterious roots of perseverance and share insights about the traits we all posses that can allow us to tap into our deepest store of tenacity. His message is one of inspiration, empowerment, and boundless potential.

Turning Ideas Into Action

Ben Saunders explores the disconnect between ideas and action, touching on themes like challenging conventional wisdom, communicating with your team, and testing your sense of self-belief (which he believes gets stronger the more you use it). Through his transformative journeys across the North and South Poles, he shows audiences how to fully commit to a vision in order to maximize their chance of success and offers tips on training, preparedness, and teamwork.

Managing Change & Adversity

The landscapes of the North and South Poles are constantly in flux, making the dangerous terrain one of the most difficult to manage in all the world. Saunders takes audiences on his high-stakes expeditions and helps them apply his hard-won lessons learned. From mental toughness and the importance of choosing the right team to understanding when to ask for help (halfway through his South Pole journey, he had to call for a resupply flight, which meant his expedition was no longer “unsupported”), he highlights the right way to keep sight of your goals, manage change, and approach adversity.

Brilliant. Dynamic, funny and self-deprecating - a very powerful combination. A natural presenter with an amazing story to tell. 10/10.

Richmond Events

We have come across many inspirational and entertaining storytellers and Ben
Saunders is among the best. Adventure, humour, thrills, despair, achievement
and success all packaged into a highly compelling and very well-delivered speech.

Discovery Channel

Truly inspirational... people went away feeling they could achieve more.

IBM

Ben's talk was absolutely brilliant - I was riveted to my seat just listening to him.

BT

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