Rosie Stancer has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to expeditions of increasing severity. Her endeavours have earned her a high public profile in the UK amongst living explorers.
On each of the expeditions, Rosie undertakes research – meteorological, environmental and physiological. Data from the latter is processed into published scientific papers with a view to helping both athletes and other expeditioners content with the challenges of their undertakings.
Since her first expedition, Rosie has always championed the need for any endeavour to forge a wealthy legacy of learning, sharing and inspiring others.
Rosie’s expeditions include:
1997 THE ALL WOMEN NORTH POLE RELAY - First all women team to reach The North Pole, A world 1st.
2000 MILLENNIUM WOMEN’S SOUTH POLE EXPEDITION - Rosie was a member of the 5 women team to reach The South Pole. They were the 1st all-women team to do so. World 1st.
2003 SNICKERS SOUTH POLE SOLO - Rosie embarked alone on a solo expedition of 1,000k with no resupplies & a sledge of 120 kilos to the South Pole. She smashed all previous speed records reaching the Pole in 43 days. (fastest previously some 64 days).
2007 MARS NORTH POLE SOLO - A record-breaking Expedition which had never before, nor since, been bettered. Rosie skied, climbed & swam across the frozen arctic ocean, alone for 84 days, setting another world record as the longest and furthest solo expedition to the north pole by any woman.
2011 Rosie explored the sea ice around Broughton Island in the high arctic, with award-winning photographer, Martin Hartley, in an area densely populated with polar bears. She spent time living with the Inuits, learning their ways of coping with climate changes & the modern-day challenges.
2018 Rosie led her team of women and two ex-military men through the more remote and less trodden dunes of the Wahiba sand. The expedition was undertaken as a training exercise in navigating, survival and cameleering in anticipation of A forthcoming major expedition through the length of the Interior of the fearsome Taklamakan desert in China, the country’s largest giant-dune desert, second in size only to the Sahara.
2019 A sledging expedition the full length of the frozen Siberian Lake Baikal, the largest, deepest and oldest fresh-water lake in the world. This was a ‘Solo’ & unsupported endeavour, undertaken jointly with another teammate but with both starting at opposite ends then ski-ing the furthermost southerly, westerly, easterly and northerly points of the lake. A total distance of some 675 km. The represented the first and longest full crossing undertaken solo by a woman, Rosie’s most recent ‘first’.
Rosie holds the Explorers Club Medal, The Mirror Pride of Britain medal and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is Vice President of SES – Scientific Exploration Society.
CONTENT WARNING - We talk about the self-amputation of toes with a penknife.
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Who is Rosie?
Being an explorer of the poles and deserts
Wanting to share stories to motivate and inspire others
Being inspired by Liv Arnesen
What Rosie was like as a little girl
Being brought up by nannies and going to prep boarding school at 7 in Scotland
Not having dreams to go to the poles
Being aware of opportunities and going after them
Applying for the first all women expedition to the pole
Going though a year long selection process
Friends and family and what they though of her dreams
Being supported by her husband
The advantage of being part of an all women polar team
Sponsorship and raising funds
Getting out to the North Pole for the first time
What people need to know about the poles
Why the Arctic is more dangerous
Mental preparation for the first polar expedition
What’s in your head and your heart and your “ying” strengths
Gaining mental confidence and mental resilience
Resilience and flexibility
Solo Expeditions and being sponsored by Snickers and Mars
Preparation for taking on a solo challenge
Working with researchers and academics
The importance of staying positive
Being fascinated by fear and how you cope with fear when you are on your own
How her fears changed whilst out on the ice
Having a fear of failure
Why it’s about the journey
Self amputation of toes…. whilst solo on the Arctic
Dealing with extreme temperatures of -60 and getting frostbite in her toes
Dealing with pain
Getting up full of positivity and optimism
Coping with isolation
Dealing with the adventure blues
How motherhood changed adventure
Lessons learned from expeditions
What day to day life is like now
Future expedition planned for August 2021
Quick Fire Questions
Training to be fit like an animal
Words that Rosie lives her life by
Final words of advice
Website - rosiestancer.com
Instagram - @rosiestancerexplorer
Facebook - @RosieStancerExploration
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