Alex is a world-record holding polar expedition leader and photographer. Only twenty-five years old, he has spent over one hundred and sixty-five days unsupported in the Arctic and has crossed the second largest icecap on Earth four times.
Alex grew up in Hampshire, was educated in Dorset and read Biology at the University of Oxford. In 2002, aged fifteen, Alex was one of the youngest people to complete the 125-mile Devizes to Westminster kayak ultra-marathon. At university he competed at the Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Triathlon, won his rowing ‘blade’ and began competitively running long-distance races. He also reached the summit of Mont Blanc and other peaks in the French Alps. In 2007 Alex led a Greenlandic climbing and sledge-hauling expedition whilst hosting a film-crew on location.
His highlight to date was leading the 2008 record-breaking Tiso Trans Greenland which, at 1374 miles, is the longest fully unsupported polar journey in history. From 2008 Alex spent a period as a Royal Marines Officer and his first book, The Long Haul, was released in March 2010. In the spring of 2010 Alex guided an international team 350 miles across the Greenland icecap. In 2011 he, with team-mate Andrew Wilkinson, covered 330 miles in eleven and a half days across the Greenland icecap from the Nagtivit Glacier to a position on the Russell Glacier. In the winter of 2012, Alex will present a documentary from the Inuit communities of Eastern Greenland, followed by a winter crossing of the notorious Icelandic Vatnajökull icecap. His second book, a photographic account of his various travels in Arctic Greenland, will be published in the late spring. He has world-first Arctic Ocean plans for 2012/3.
Alex has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of the prestigious Explorers Club.
Highly adaptable, Alex first specialized in wildlife photography and has since broadened his expertise to cover expeditions, lifestyle, and commercial assignments.
Alex signed to his first agent aged only eighteen and has grown his network ever since. In 2003, 2004, and 2010 he was a finalist in the international BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition. In 2005 Alex spent two months living with and photographing grey wolves in the USA.