In Spring 2003, fulfilling a deathbed vow to his father, Pen Hadow became the first man ever to complete a solo trek, without resupply, to the North Pole from the more arduous North American side. The nine days he then spent weather-bound at the Pole, as his supplies dwindled and concerns rose for his life, catapulted him to global fame. In reaching the South Pole in January 2004, he became the first and only Briton to have trekked, without resupply, to both Geographic Poles. And all inside a single year.
Pen's destiny was decided as a child when he was exposed to a bizarre conditioning regime by the former nanny to Scott of the Antarctic's son. He made his first polar expedition at the age of twenty-seven and has returned to the Arctic and Antarctic countless times since then.
This is his remarkable story.