Biography

Eric Philips OAM

I am a polar adventurer dedicated to exploring the vast and varied icescapes that typify our polar regions. My outdoor career spans more than 40 years during which time I've worked professionally as an outdoor educator, sponsored polar adventurer and IPGA Master Polar Guide. As an adventurer I’ve visited every continent on Earth, often leading lightweight and self-supported expeditions to remote areas. I've pioneered three new routes/variations to the South Pole and was the first Australian, together with companion Jon Muir, to ski to both the North and South Poles, locations that I've since visited dozens of times as a polar guide.

Through my experiences I've developed alternative and highly efficient methods of travel in the polar regions. In 1995 I completed a sea-to-sea crossing of Greenland and one of the first polar expeditions to use steerable kites, and have embraced the use of specialised plastics in the construction of polar-specific equipment. I'm the inventor of Flexi Ski Bindings as well as a range of other niche extreme-cold adventure products, sold through my company's online store.

In 1991 I wrote the book, Icetrek. The Bitter Journey to the South Pole and my expeditions have produced four internationally-screened documentary films, most notably, the Emmy Award-winning Greenland production, Chasing the Midnight Sun.

I live in Hobart, Australia with my wife and business partner Susy. My son Kip is studying at the Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music, and my daughter lives in regional Victoria with her partner, working as an outdoor educator and with me as a trainee polar guide. I'm the founder and director of Icetrek Expeditions and Equipment, co-founder and President of the International Polar Guides Association (IPGA) and creator of the Polar Expeditions Classification Scheme (PECS).

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