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Tom Avery

Record Breaking Explorer, Author and International Speaker

Tom Avery is a pioneering climber, ski mountaineer and one of only 41 people in history to have reached both the North and South Poles on foot. Tom has organised and led over a dozen expeditions across the globe and is the youngest Briton to have been to both Poles. He is perhaps best known for leading the expedition described by the Guinness Book of Records as "The Fastest Surface Journey to the North Pole".

"Tom is one of the UK's foremost explorers"

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In detail

Tom's mountaineering career began at the age of sixteen climbing in Wales and Scotland, first on rock, before moving on to snow and ice. After graduating from Bristol University in 1998 with a B.Sc. in Geography and Geology, he began a career as an accountant with Arthur Andersen. But Tom could not get the mountains out of his system and he moved to Verbier in the Swiss Alps, ski mountaineering and planning his expeditions. The pinnacle of Tom's climbing career took place in 2000 when he led a pioneering British expedition to a previously unexplored 20-mile mountain range in Kyrgyzstan, close to China's western border. His team scaled nine unnamed virgin summits up to 6,000 metres high, mapping large tracts of unexplored terrain in the process.

What he offers you

Drawing on his own experiences in the worlds of both exploration and business, Tom explains how communication, planning, goal setting, creative thinking, patience, organisational skills, flexibility to meet and overcome unexpected obstacles, risk analysis and individual determination are vital ingredients in achieving results when under extreme pressure.

How he presents

Tom is an incredibly passionate, inspiring, personable, modest and entertaining speaker who illustrates his presentations with a stunning collection of images and video clips. He is one of the most popular speakers on the international circuit.


He presents in English.

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Speaking topics

  • Achieving Results in a Challenging Environment
  • Individual Determination
  • Adventurer
  • Motivation

Books and publications

  • 2009
    To the End of the Earth: Our Epic Journey to the North Pole and the Legend of Peary and Henson
  • 2004
    Pole Dance

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