Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Alex Harris

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Alex Harris is an athlete whose interests are varied and unique. He has been climbing mountains for two decades and has led more than 20 expeditions to some of the furthest corners of the planet. In 1996, Alex resigned from a career in sales and followed his passion for exploration. Within the year he led his first expedition to Mount Everest. He has climbed the seven summits, the highest mountains on all seven continents, and has led expeditions to both the north and the south side of Everest. He is also a multiple South African Track cycling champion and in 2006 won a silver medal at the World Masters Track cycling champs.
On the 17th of January 2008, Alex became the first South African to walk unsupported to the South Pole, a journey that took 65 days and covered almost 1200km. Alex still has all his toes! Just…
He has led more than 20 expeditions to some of the furthest corners of the planet.
After nine years, three expeditions and more than 150 days on Everest, Alex finally summited and completed his dream of climbing the seven summits.
He has climbed the seven summits, the highest mountains on all seven continents, and has led expeditions to both the north and the south side of Everest.
He is the youngest person to lead an expedition to Mount Everest.
Alex has walked, unsupported, for 65 days with compatriot Sibu Vilane to the South Pole.
In 2010 Alex tackled the Freedom Challenge – a 2300km unsupported, non-stop MTB race. He won it as a novice, becoming the first person to do so. In 2011 he not only defended his title successfully, he also broke the record by 26 hours.

Alex describes his purpose on his Twitter profile as "Put on this earth by God to shift the way you react the instant you hear the word 'impossible'..."

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