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Ann Daniels Polar Explorer

( ) annonice_front_originalAbout Ann: Ann comes from an ordinary background and is a mother of triplets, plus one other child who believes it is within us all to achieve great things. Her ability to overcome obstacles and refusal to accept defeat has led her literally to the top of the world. She made history as part of the first all women team to walk to both the North and South Geographical Poles and has now set her sights on becoming the first woman in the world to walk solo to the North Pole. She is a woman who believes that with the right attitude there are no limits to what we can achieve.

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Polar Expeditions; SOLO NORTH POLE EXPEDITION 2005
In March 2005 Ann was on target to become the first woman in the world to ski solo to the pole from the Russian pack ice. Despite cripplingly low temperatures, encounters with five polar bears, one storm and very difficult ice conditions Ann battled through alone and completed over 124 nautical miles of the journey. Because of a dispute between her air logistics company and a competitor, the Russian authorities removed permission to fly over Russian waters and all expeditions on the ice were removed without notice, including Ann’s. Although over eighteen months hard work and preparation had gone into this expedition Ann refuses to see it as wasted and is now more determined than ever that the world record will be hers and is planning to return for another attempt, leaving from Canada.

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ARCTIC 1st All Women’s Team to ski to North and South Pole
2001-2002 - Ann put together and was the driving force behind the M & G North Pole expedition. Temperatures as low as –50 for the first 26 days severely hampered the expeditions progress and success looked doubtful. The team were hit by storms so severe that they were unable to put their tent up and huddled under tent material for 3 days, with little food or water. They suffered from severe frostbite, back problems and carbon monoxide poisoning from contaminated fuel. After 47 hazard filled days Pom Oliver left the expedition as a result of frostbite and wet gangrene, leaving Ann and Caroline over 300 miles to cover in 30 days. Although the pole looked impossible neither were willing to give up and skied for over 15 hours each day, with little sleep in between. There were many dramatic events along the journey, both fell into the ocean and had to swim across open expanses of water but their determination to succeed prevailed and on 1st June 2002 they stepped onto the pole. Against all odds they had become the first all women’s team in the world to ski to both poles.

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ANTARCTIC 1st British All Women’s Team to ski to South Pole
1998-2000 - After the North Pole success Ann and four of the original team decided to take on a new harder challenge. This time without the aid of professional guides they planned, trained and put together an expedition to the South Pole. This included raising corporate sponsorship, choosing, testing and modifying all their equipment, deciding which route to take and publicising the event. Pulling sledges weighing over 140lbs and navigating by the sun they then travelled 700 miles across Antarctica, the most inhospitable continent in the world and in January 2000 became the first all British women’s team to reach the South Pole on foot.

ARCTIC North Pole Relay
1995-1997 - Ann started her Polar career as part of the McVities Penguin Polar Relay team where 5 teams of 4 women, together with two guides skied in relay format across the Arctic Ocean to reach the North Pole in May 1997. Although the team was made up of total novices this innovative approach to Polar travel ensured the success of the expedition.

Honorary Degree – Doctor of Laws Freedom of Yeovil
Guinness Book of Records
Government book of National Statistics
Foreign Office recognition
Women of the Year
Pride of Britain award
Baton holder – The Commonwealth Games
Desert Island Disc Castaway

  POLAR GUIDE In 2001 Ann became the first British female North Pole guide. She leads groups from varying backgrounds the last degree to the North and South Poles. Her latest accomplishment was taking a group of 15 high level executives, including Charles Dunstone, CEO Carphone Warehouse, the last degree to the North Pole

SPEAKER Ann frequently gives illustrated talks about the expeditions, tailoring each lecture to her audience. She feels passionately about the Polar Regions and is known for her motivational, leadership and teamwork presentations. Her attitude to life’s challenges have been an inspiration to many.  

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Please Visit Ann's page at www.anndaniels.com

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