Hannah McKeand


In 2006 Hannah McKeand set a new world speed record for skiing solo and unsupported to the South Pole, a journey of 690 miles that she completed in 39 days, 9 hours and 33 minutes. She now works full time as a polar field guide, logistics consultant, and motivational speaker. She has completed six expeditions to the South Pole and over 6000 miles of Antarctic sled-hauling, more than anyone else in the world today. In 2007 Hannah was made a North Face Team Athlete and won the Sue Ryder Woman of the Year Award. She has featured in three Guinness Book of World Records, 2007 and 2014, and again in 2015 with her latest Guinness World Record; as of 2013, she is now recognised as having skied to the South Pole more times than anyone ever.

She has also undertaken expeditions on the Arctic Ocean, Greenland, South America, Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Namibia, Afghanistan and the Amazon, in 2010 she mentored 5 youth Ambassadors running 8 marathons in 8 days across the Bolivian Alti Plano and she has sailed twice around the world.

Hannah is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Member of the Explorers Club and is a patron of the British Schools Expedition Society. She actively mentors young people, teaches aspiring explorers and hopes that by writing and speaking about her experiences in the world and sharing them with those who care to read or listen, then she will inspire people to go after their own dreams and achieve their own goals.

Speaking Topics:
• Motivation
• Global Warming
• Environment
• Raising Emotional Awareness
• Inspiration
• Perseverence
• How to achieve your goal