Alan Chambers, MBE – Key Lessons In Leadership. Alan led the first successful unsupported attempt to reach the Geographic North Pole from Canada in 2000. Unsupported means having no external help and support along the way. No food caches, dog teams, air re-supplies, over-snow vehicles, or relay teams.
This followed what he referred to as his ‘successful failure’, the attempt to do the same in 1998 when he had to be rescued from treacherous circumstances. Following this experience, when many others would have given up, Alan Chambers planned and researched meticulously, living for months at a time with the Inuit communities in Northern Canada.
Alan Chambers Polar Explorer
He recruited for the Team Polar 2000 expedition, organized sponsorship, trained the team and led them on the ice. He and Charlie Paton, who had never skied before, were the two members of the party to reach the Pole having travelled 472 nautical miles dragging 250 pounds of stores each, the weight of a baby elephant.
On the journey they faced incredible adversity, including being isolated on an ice flow where they drifted 400 nautical miles. After 70 days man-hauling under the worst conditions in the world, Team Polar 2000 reached the Geographical North Pole at 23:46 hrs on the 16th May 2000. Alan earned a place in the history books in the great tradition of Polar exploration and was awarded the MBE for ‘outstanding leadership in the face of extreme adversity.’
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