Eric Philips OAM
I am a polar adventurer dedicated to exploring the vast and varied icescapes that typify our polar regions. My outdoor career spans more than 25 years during which time I've worked professionally as an IPGA Master Polar Guide, outdoor educator, film maker, motivational speaker, team facilitator and musician. As an adventurer I’ve visited every continent on Earth, often leading lightweight and self-supported expeditions to remote areas. I've explored the world's four largest icecaps and was the first Australian, together with companion Jon Muir, to ski to both the North and South Poles, locations that I've since visited many times as a polar guide.
Through my experiences I've developed alternative and highly efficient methods of travel in the polar regions and embraced the use of specialised plastics in the construction of polar-specific equipment. I'm the inventor of Flexi Ski Bindings as well as a range of other niche adventure products used in extreme-cold. I've been a professionally-sponsored adventurer and product-tester since 1995 for established brands such as Mont, Julbo, Smith Optics, Baffin, Mountain Hardwear, Grivel, Oakley, Leki, Dagger, Perception, Sony, Suunto and Iridium.
In 1991 I wrote the book, Icetrek. The Bitter Journey to the South Pole and my expeditions have produced four internationally-screened documentary films, most notably, the Emmy Award-winning Greenland production, Chasing the Midnight Sun.
I live in Hobart, Australia with my wife Susy and son Kip, and my daughter lives in Victoria where she attends university. I'm the founder and director of Icetrek Expeditions and Equipment and co-founder and President of the International Polar Guides Association (IPGA).