Robert Smith

Trek 2 Poles

Rob Smith, 42, has a 10 year old daughter, is a lover of Rugby and has been an IT sales professional for over twenty years predominantly in the Insurance industry.

Three years ago, Rob’s best friend, Neil, was diagnosed with Oesophagus and Lung Cancer and given only a few weeks to live. Sadly, Neil passed away in 2012 leaving a wife and new born baby. Just over a month later, Rob’s mother Maureen passed away after a twenty-five-year battle with multiple cancers. One month after, Rob then found himself diagnosed with Cancer. Having undergone surgery and chemotherapy and an extensive 2-year battle, Rob eventually overcame the disease. The realisation had then kicked in about how much we should value our health and wellbeing and also that we, as a community, should fight back against this disease. Rob began searching for new hobbies and ways to push himself and also a way to help Cancer Research raise the money needed to banish Cancer. That is when he found Icetrek and, more importantly, Eric Philips.

Eric Philips is a polar adventurer dedicated to exploring the vast and varied ice landscapes that typify our polar regions. His outdoor career spans more than 25 years during which time he has worked professionally as an IPGA Polar Guide, outdoor educator, film maker, motivational speaker, team facilitator and musician. His most eminent expedition was in 2013 where he guided the Commonwealth Team in the South Pole Allied Challenge. This included a 200km trek to the South Pole with wounded soldiers and the expedition Patron, Prince Harry.

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“We are weak, writing is difficult, but for my own sake I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past”

-Robert Falcon Scott