Adrian Hayes

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‘Expanding the boundaries of human potential’

Read and hear more on Adrian Hayes, his past, present and future expeditions and adventures, blog, videos, pictures and bio, together with his attitude, mantras and objectives for life.

Adrian Hayes on life


Adrian Hayes was introduced to a life of adventure since his early childhood in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK. He started climbing in his teens and, leaving school at 16 with 5 GCSE’s, spent 6 years travelling the world mountaineering and adventuring whilst working intermittently in the UK, Norway and New Zealand as a builder’s labourer, bricklayer, farmer, singer and guitarist in a rock band and refuse collector amongst others.

He served for two years as a trooper with 21 Special Air Service Regiment, qualifying as a Registered Emergency Medical Technician (Paramedic), before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and becoming a British Officer in the Brigade of Gurkhas, serving in Hong Kong and Brunei. He followed this with a two year secondment to the Royal Army of Oman in Salalah, Southern Oman.

On leaving the Army he studied for an MBA at the University of Nottingham, UK, before going into business, culminating in his position as Regional Sales Director Middle East and West Asia for Airbus, based in Toulouse, France, followed by the UAE.

Having studied Human Resources on his MBA he continued his studies, programmes and teaching in personal development and coaching and set up his own company in 2007 as a professional adventurer, speaker and business coach, delivering keynote speeches, team development workshops, leadership seminars, executive coaching and other programmes worldwide.

He set a Guinness World record in 2007 for reaching the Earth's "3 Poles" - walking all the way to the North Pole, South Pole and summiting Mt Everest - in the then shortest period of time in history, becoming one of only 18 people ever to achieve the feat. Along with Canadians Devon McDiarmid and Derek Crowe, he crossed the length of the Greenland ice cap in 2009, achieving a second Guinness World record for the Arctic’s longest unsupported kite-skiing journey to date, the documentary for which was broadcast on National Geographic Channel in 2011.

In 2011 he led a 44 day 1600 km crossing of the Arabian Desert by foot and camel in the trail of 1940s British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger, the documentary for which was broadcast on Discovery Channel in 2013 and his book ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’ published the same year.

In 2013 he attempted to summit K2, the world’s second highest mountain, from Pakistan which was aborted when an avalanche wiped out Camp 3 at 7300 metres, killing two fellow climbers. He returned for a second attempt in 2014 and successfully summited the “Savage Mountain’ on 26 July 2014. In doing so he became only the 8th Briton to summit K2 and reached a further milestone by becoming the first Briton and third person in the world ever to summit the world’s two highest mountains and trek to both poles.

A lifetime follower of international affairs and an ambassador on economic, social & environmental sustainability, he is a member of several organisations and charities, regularly speaking, writing and campaigning on many worldwide issues.

In his free time, Adrian competes in ironman triathlons, is a two-time UAE fitness challenge champion and a keen rock climber, runner, cyclist and swimmer. His interests span the range of personal and human development, all sports, nutrition, science, medicine, film and music, and he occasionally still sings and plays guitar in a rock band.

A father of two children, Arabic and Nepalese speaking Adrian has lived and worked in 9 countries and visited over 100.

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Adrian Hayes


To the Ends of the Earth

American Club, Hong Kong 12 May 2017

To the Ends of the Earth

LRC, Hong Kong 18 May 2017

To the Ends of the Earth

BUEI, Bermuda 12 June 2017

Recent Expeditions

K2 2014

On the 60th anniversary year of its first ascent, my successful summiting, at the second attempt, of the world’s second highest mountain with an international team between June-August 2014 – reaching the top of K2 at 1515 hrs local time on Saturday 26th July 2014.

K2 2013

The attempt on the world’s second highest mountain via the Abruzzi Spur, Pakistan, which took place between June-August 2013. The expedition was aborted after an avalanche wiped out Camp 3 at 7300 meters on 26 July 2013, killing New Zealand mountain guide Marty Schmidt and his son Denali.

Empty Quarter 2011

The 44 day / 1600 km journey, between Oct-Dec 2011, by foot and camel across the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Desert in the trail of legendary British explorer Sir Wilfred Thesiger. Now a Discovery Channel documentary ‘Footsteps of Thesiger’ and Hayes’s book of the same name.

Greenland 2009

The 67 day / 3120 km unsupported vertical crossing of the Greenland ice cap using kites, with Canadian team mates Devon McDiarmid and Derek Crowe, between May-July 2009. Now a National Geographic Channel documentary ‘The Greenland Quest’ (viewable on YouTube channel) and the Arctic’s longest kiting …

South Pole 2007

The 47 day, 1136 km unsupported journey from Hercules inlet to the South Pole, between Nov-Dec 2007, with a 5 strong international team comprising Canadian Devon McDiarmid, Norwegian Hans Foss, Lebanese Max Chaya and Swiss Evelyn Binsak. The team reached the Pole on 28 Dec 2007.

North Pole 2007

The 50 day / 775 km (point to point) journey from Ward Hunt island, Canada, to the North Pole, between March-April 2007, with a three man team comprising Canadian Richard Weber and Briton Iain Morpeth. The team reached the Pole on 25 April 2007.

Everest 2006

The 2006 summit of Everest via the South Col, Nepal, between April-May 2006, as part of an ten person Himalayan Guides international team, split into two teams of five. Adrian reached the summit on 25 May 2006, the last person to summit that year from Nepal.



Footsteps of Thesiger

TwoFour Productions

Discovery Channel 2012


The Greenland Quest

Nomad Media

National Geographic Channel 2011

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To the Ends of the Earth

Nomad Media

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