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A record-breaking polar explorer and a renowned international speaker, Ann Daniels is the first woman in history, along with expedition teammate Caroline Hamilton, to reach the North and South Poles as part of all women teams.
Although Ann had no previous outdoor experience and was a mother of 18 month old triplets, Lucy, Joseph and Rachel, she beat off fierce competition from over 200 other women on a tough Dartmoor selection weekend and was chosen to join the first team, of the McVities Penguin Polar Relay. The team was tasked with crossing the toughest sections of ice, in the coldest weather, to give this record breaking expedition the best possible start.
Despite the breakdown of her marriage and finding herself a single mother of young children this unique expedition was the start of a number of world record breaking expeditions that would see Ann rise in the field of Polar exploration.
Fired up by her experiences in temperatures cold enough to freeze skin instantly, Ann and four colleagues from the relay went on to organise and accomplish a 700 mile expedition across Antarctica, the windiest, highest and bleakest continent on earth to become The First British All Women’s team to ski to the South Pole.
She became the first British North Pole guide and whilst guiding one such North Pole expedition had the dream to make the whole journey to the North Pole from land. A feat only completed by a few expeditions and never by an all women’s team.
Ann invited Caroline Hamilton and Pom Oliver to join her on a return expedition to the North Pole. This time there would be no relay: the trio would cover the entire distance on their own.
Sadly, Pom Oliver had to leave the expedition, with frostbite and wet gangrene leaving Ann and Caroline Hamilton to complete the excruciating journey to reach the North Geographic Pole. They achieved their Guinness world record on June 1st 2002.
Meeting a new partner, Tom and having a fourth child Sarah didn’t stop Ann’s desire to explore the Polar regions and in 2009, she was asked by Pen Hadow to be his head of ice operations for the ground-breaking Catlin Arctic Survey. This project completed a unique environmental study of the rapidly disappearing frozen Arctic Ocean. Ann was responsible for leading the team on the ice and finding a safe route, making difficult decisions in the most extreme environment on Earth for 74 consecutive days. In 2010 and 2011 she also led the second and third Catlin Arctic survey, the only person to be invited to partake in all 3 expeditions.
Described by the Times as “living proof that humans really can reach new peaks”, she has now sledge hauled for over 400 days and 3000 miles on the ice and has a new project planned for 2017
Ann speaks at conferences and events on the subjects of leadership, teamwork and the environment.
She supports a number of charities including the World Wildlife Fund, Cancer Research UK, and the Cornwall Rescue Group. A proud representative of the Special Olympics, Ann has also been a baton holder for the Commonwealth Games. She is a recipient of the prestigious Pride of Britain Award