Rosie Stancer

Rosie Stancer is a polar adventurer who, since 1996, has embarked on major polar expeditions of increasing severity and commitment.

She attended Heathfield School, Ascot and is the great niece of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

In 1997, Rosie was one of 20 amateur women selected for a place on the first all women’s expedition to the North Pole, The 'McVities Penguin Polar Relay'. A relay of five teams hauled sleds of up to 150 lbs across 500 miles of shifting pack ice in temperatures down to minus 40°C. After 73 days, the final relay group stood on top of the world at the North Pole.

In 1999, Rosie and four others from the first expedition organised and managed their own expedition to the South Pole. Without guides, and with one re-supply, they completed the 700 mile journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole in 61 days.

In the Austral summer of 2003/4, Rosie walked alone and without re-supply to the South Pole on the 'Snickers South Pole Solo 2004' expedition. Carrying a sledge more than twice her body weight for over 700 miles, Rosie reached the Pole in 43 days.

In 2007, Rosie attempted to become the first woman to trek solo to the Geographic North Pole: 'Rosie Stancer Mars North Pole Solo'. She walked alone for 326 nautical miles and 84 days over the surface of the frozen Arctic Ocean before being airlifted from the ice just 89 nautical miles short of the North Pole.

Following several more smaller expeditions, Rosie is currently preparing an epic expedition this year to lead a Chinese and British team through the length of the forbidding Taklamakan desert in China, the world’s second largest dune desert known as ‘the desert you go into, and do not come out’. She will, of course, be taking the Special Olympics flag with her.