Alex is a world-record holding polar expedition leader and photographer. Only twenty-eight years old, he has spent over 315 days in the Arctic, 165 of them travelling unsupported and has crossed the second largest icecap on Earth four times.
At a glance
Days active in the cold regions: 315
Days of travel on ice: 191, of which 165 unsupported
Alex grew up in Hampshire, was educated in Dorset and read Biology at the University of Oxford with a focus on predator behaviour, evolution and environmental biology. 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.
He led the 2008 record-breaking Tiso Trans Greenland which, at 1374 miles, is the longest fully unsupported arctic journey in history. From 2008 Alex spent a year training 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 the Russell Glacier. In the winter of 2012, Alex presented a documentary from the Inuit communities of Eastern Greenland and attempted a winter crossing of the notorious Icelandic Vatnajökull icecap. His second book, Kalaallit Nunaat, a photographic account of his various travels in Arctic Greenland, was published in May 2012. He had world-first Arctic Ocean plans for 2013/14, the Dark Ice Project, which were set back by unfavourable ice conditions. Alex's third book, Maybe, was on sale from mid-2013. He spent the winter and spring of 2013/14 living amongst the Inughuit Polar Eskimo hunters in a settlement in the extreme north of the Greenlandic High Arctic.
Highly adaptable, Alex first specialised 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.