About Patrick

Having been part of the youngest and fastest team to ever reach the South Pole in 2002, Patrick went on to lead the first ever East to West traverse of Antarctica, covering 1850km in a total of 75 days.

Whilst on these record-breaking expeditions, Patrick became obsessed with the beauty of the interior of Antarctica, as a posed to the experience offered on the peninsula by boat. In 2005, he and his wife Robyn established White Desert with a dream to take clients into the forbidding interior of Antarctica. At the time, all they had were 3 small mountain tents and a lot of ambition. 

Fast forward 20 years and White Desert has established one of the largest infrastructures in Antarctica; utilising 5 aircraft, 3 camps and over 130 staff. The team support research scientists from 8 separate nations and bring exclusive groups of tourists into the continent in what has become a multi-award winning business.

Outside of the Polar World, Patrick has been on many successful expeditions, summiting unclimbed mountains in Tibet and Kyrgyzstan, kayaking down uncharted rivers in the Amazon and being part of the team to set the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. In 2015, he also broke the record for the fastest traverse of Greenland.

Author of 4 bestselling books published in 11 different languages, Patrick is an enthusiastic but very amateur pilot and when not somewhere being cold, enjoys discovering the lesser-trodden areas of South Africa with his children.

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