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Presenting Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at Holyrood Palace


Invited to present Gold Awards to young Scots, I found myself overnighting the night before, just a few hundred yards from Holyrood Palace and the adjacent Scottish Parliament building. Skies were overcast and threatening liquid deployment. More happily HM The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in the middle of their annual Royal Week based in Holyrood, and spirits were un-dampened amongst the 300 Gold Award recipients, each with their two guests.

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When I was invited to introduce this sumptuous volume of Sidetracked, a familiar kaleidoscope of thoughts and images revolved around the ineffable question, why?

Why do we make these journeys? And why do we find them so enthralling?

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Pen launches fundraising event in aid of revolutionary Flight of the Swans expedition

Pen travelled to Central London on Wednesday 27 January to launch a fundraising event in support of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust’s Flight of the Swans expedition.

The Royal Geographical Society in Kensington Gore played host to dozens of partners and affiliates celebrating the launch of the WWT’s record-breaking proposal to fly the migratory route of the Bewick’s swan by paramotor.

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Are the Forecasts for Sea-Ice Loss And Hydrocarbon Demand Actually Good News for Arctic Ocean Protectors?

Without wishing to offer anything as tangible as hope at this stage, I do want to suggest the possibility that natural events and human economics may be conspiring to make an international agreement to protect the central Arctic Ocean from the extractors and exploiters, more doable than most are currently daring, or fearing, to acknowledge.

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Island Discovered in Arctic Ocean – YaYa

So what’s the significance of the recent discovery of a tiny, transient island in the Arctic Ocean? Read More »

Best-seller ‘Solo – Alone & Unsupported to the North Pole’

Good news for speaking clients – ‘Solo – Alone & Unsupported to the North Pole’, originally published by Michael Joseph/Penguin (2004) is to have its fourth reprint in time for Christmas 2014 – in hard-back, with its original full-colour plates and end-papers, priced £20.

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Hadow-on-Hadow Televised on the Matterhorn

The relative who most inspired Pen to become an explorer, Douglas Hadow, made the first ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, aged just 19.

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Briefing – Queen’s Royal Lancers

To the Cavalry & Guards Club, Piccadilly (London) to meet some of the British military’s finest young officers. The objective was to illustrate some of the innovative and lateral thinking used to achieve the solo North Pole mission.

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‘Blue Clouds’ Album Release … Coming Soon

Recordings of a selection of rock-ballad covers at the Cafe Music Studio are now in the final mixing phase. Pen’s first album, ‘Blue Clouds’ will be ready for launch shortly.

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To the British Isles’ Northernmost Outpost

Not technically an Arctic expedition, but … Did you know that Britain’s northernmost islands (off the Shetland Isles) lie north of Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm and St Petersburg! Read More »

Save The Rhino Dinner Raises £25,000

Pen gave a ‘highly entertaining talk’ at Save The Rhino’s annual fund-raising dinner at London Zoo, contributing to the prodigious efforts of this inspiring charity to raise £25,000 successfully on the night.

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Explorer Contributes to UK National Defence Programme

Pen Hadow was invited to give a subject-specific speech to the UK’s leading defence organisation in October, the subject being risk management. The culture of the client organisation was one of omni-active ‘mindfulness’.

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Pen Headlines in the FT

The FT’s Peter Whitehead filed his interview entitled ‘Polar Explorer Warms to His New Career’ on

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Tweet tweet – An Explorer Takes a Birds-eye View

Pen has now taken to the air as a ‘tweeter’ on Twitter, focusing his comments, thoughts, insights and links on ‘exploration’, ‘environmental sponsorship’, and all matters tangential.

BBC World TV – Pen contributes to “Earth Reporter’s” programme about Catlin Arctic Survey (2011)

Pen, as director of the Catlin Arctic Survey, contributes to BBC World TV’s “The Burning Question in the Freezing Cold” 30-minute documentary, broadcast to 80 million homes worldwide.  Read More »

Desert Island Discs – From Brahms to Kylie

Pen’s interview, disc selection and luxury item (2004) is now available on BBC iPlayer. Read More »

The Johnnie Walker Blue Label Great Scot Awards – Pen gets nominated for Great Scot Award 2011

Nominated for the Great Scot (Sport) Award, Pen attended the 19 April awards ceremony at the Boisdale Restaurant on Canary Wharf, along with fellow nominees from Sport (Sam Torrance), Entertainment (Lorraine Kelly), Charity (Annie Lennox) and Lifetime Achievement (Bill Martin). Read More »

Pen scoops World Technology Network Award

Pen Hadow’s delivery of the first Catlin Arctic Survey in 2009 for Catlin Group Ltd has won a World Technology Award in the environment category.

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