About

Conrad Dickinson is a proud born and bred Northumbrian, who, apart from a spell as an Army Officer (specializing in Arctic Warfare) has spent the majority of his working career in the North East; successfully building his family business. However, he is probably better known for having put the North East and Britain on the map with his Polar Expeditions. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. 
North Pole and South Pole Training with Conrad Dickinson

He is the first and only Briton to achieve what is called the “Polar Grand Slam” i.e. completing the World’s 3 hardest Polar journeys i.e. Crossing Greenland, South Pole, North Pole….all unsupported

As one of the most experienced and highly regarded Polar Guides, Conrad has worked with leading business and public figures throughout his guiding career. Most recently he was the guide for the British Team for Walking with the Wounded’s: South Pole Allied Challenge. The expedition was a successful one and the team, which included HRH Prince Harry, reached the South Pole at 12:48pm GMT on Friday 13 December.

In 2003, Conrad crossed Greenland from the East Coast to the West Coast taking just 28 days. This expedition was followed in 2004/2005 when he completed the longest polar journey EVER undertaken by a British Citizen in Antarctica.

Geographic North Pole

Conrad completed his Polar Trilogy by pulling his 150kg sledge to the Geographic North Pole in partnership with Canadian Richard Weber. Seasoned explorers have described this as the hardest expedition in the world; considerably harder than climbing Everest.

We are talking temperatures of -50ºC; travelling on the frozen Arctic Ocean, possibility of Polar Bear attacks, crossing thin ice and negotiating open water. The tide and currents were everyday pushing him back to the coastline and contorting the ice into a building site of ice rubble and thousands of pressure ridges towering 5 metres high. And yet after 52 days of these torturous conditions they reached the Pole. Only 10 people before them had ever achieved this goal via the hardest route; and of course many have died trying.

All of these Polar Expeditions were undertaken unsupported: that is, he physically dragged his sled with all his food, fuel and equipment; with no outside help or assistance. On all of these occasions when Conrad has reached his goal, both the Union Jack and the Northumberland flag have been raised in celebration.

South Pole

This incredible expedition involved pulling a 130kg sledge from the edge of the Antarctica continent all the way to the Geographic South Pole. Not content with that, the team of 5 skied all the way back using powerkites. By doing this he, and his wife Hilary, are the only Brits to ski all the way to the South Pole and back. At the time of the expedition there was only one other recorded expedition to complete this arduous return to the South Pole and this was completed by the great Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen in 1911. We all know what happened to Captain Scott’s party; who attempted this journey. It is difficult to believe what it is like to spend 75 days camping in such dangerous terrain. The international expedition community dubbed this one of “the cleanest and boldest expeditions ever to take place in Antarctica”.

Siberia, Lake Baikal

His latest expedition was when he led a team of North Easterners to Siberia and were the first British group to traverse the 700 kilometres along the frozen surface of the largest lake in the world, Lake Baikal. The aim of the expedition was to demonstrate “Northern Spirit”; that special ingredient for which this region is famous and that helps North Easterners “punch above our weight” compared to the rest of the U.K.

Upon his return from these amazing expeditions he has given so much back to the North East community; charity talks for scores of local clubs, groups and schools, fundraising for Percy Hedley, Alzheimer and Cancer Groups as well as encouraging and motivating Scout Groups and a whole range of individuals in both their personal and professional lives.

In January 2012, Conrad supported the first ‘Spine Race’, a 268 mile winter ultra-marathon encompassing the entire Pennine Way. Conrad’s experience of extreme environments, and of his native Northumberland, helped the race organisers plan and implement safety and logistics.

“Amazing experience in Greenland; Thank You!”

Google Founders Larry Page and Sergy Brin

Recently Conrad has been the chief instructor for Extreme World Races and has successfully guided and instructed people taking on the South Pole and North Pole race during the last 2 years. This involved work with film crews from the BBC, ZDF (National German TV), ORF (National Austrian TV) and other international broadcasters.