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The Great Icetreks: Chasing the Midnight Sun

Eric Philips
Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013
Drinks Reception 6.30 pm; Lecture 7.30 pm
American Club, 48/F Exchange Square 2, Central , Hong Kong

The Royal Geographical Society is delighted to welcome Eric Philips, OAM, to Hong Kong to lecture on "The Great Icetreks: Chasing the Midnight Sun".  For over two decades, Eric Philips has been exploring the extremes of the planet and is also well-known as a lively raconteur.  In this lecture, Mr Philips, one of the world's great adventurers, tells the tale of becoming the first person to cross all of the world's five great ice sheets, including skiing to both poles, among other adventures.  On the way, he pioneered polar kite-skiing and polar ultra-running, while the films of his expeditions have shown in more that 100 countries.

Mr Philips's lecture chronicles his most famous expeditions, from the early years of pioneering kite skiing to his recent achievements as a world-class polar explorer.  Mr Philips uses photographs, film and anecdotes to portray some of the vastness, austerity and danger of these environments, stark lands of glaciers, pack ice, polar bears, blizzards and bitter cold.  

The lecture starts with the tales of his expeditions across the world's five largest ice-sheets, Antarctica, Greenland, the North Pole, the South Patagonian Icecap and Canada's Ellesmere Island.  Mr Philips tells of his traverse of the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada via the North Pole, of his ski trips from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and of his recent crossings of Greenland, Ellesmere Island and Spitsbergen.  His world-first ski to the South Pole from McMurdo Base, the fastest crossing of the South Patagonian icecap, a slog from Russia to the North Pole and his recent ultra-running across the globe from pole to pole are among the stories of this captivating talk.

Eric Philips has been an explorer and polar adventurer since 1993.  Following his 1,000 km expedition across the Arctic Ocean from Siberia to the North Pole, Mr Philips was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for achievements in polar exploration. Mr Philips has since guided numerous successful treks to the North and South Poles.  He has produced five documentary films, including the Emmy Award-winning Greenland film, Chasing the Midnight Sun, which has been screened in over 100 countries worldwide on networks such as National Geographic, ABC and Discovery Channel. Mr Philips is also a photographer and writer and is the author of Icetrek: The Bitter Journey to the South Pole.  He now operates his own successful adventure travel business, Icetrek Expeditions.  He speaks worldwide and is well-known as a raconteur.

HK$150 for Members of the RGS, HK$200 for guests and others

This event is in conjunction with
The American Club Hong Kong

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