Rosie Stancer has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to expeditions of increasing severity. Her endeavours have earned her a high public profile in the UK amongst living explorers.
Rosie uses her public profile to help charities such as Veterans Aid.
Historically, her expeditions have enjoyed the privilege of the Patronage of His Highness The Prince of Wales.
On each of the expeditions, Rosie undertakes research – meteorological, environmental and physiological. In the arctic, she has supported Inuit Community project work.
Awards & Recognition
- Honorary doctorate for her research work from Essex University
- Vice President of the British Explorers Society
- Honorary Fellowship of the RGS
- The Explorers Society medal for courage
- On the Honorary Board of Special Olympics GB
- Ambassador for the government’s GREAT campaign
- The Hotung gold medal women explorers
Rosie’s expeditions include:
1997 THE ALL WOMEN NORTH POLE RELAY
First all-women team to reach The North Pole, A world first.
2000 MILLENIUM WOMEN’S SOUTH POLE EXPEDITION
Rosie was a member of the 5 women team to reach The South Pole. They were the 1st all-women team to do so. World first.
2003 SNICKERS SOUTH POLE SOLO
Rosie embarked alone on a solo expedition of 1,000k with no resupplies and a sledge of 120 kilos to the South Pole. She smashed all previous speed records reaching the Pole in 43 days. (fastest previously some 64 days).
2007 MARS NORTH POLE SOLO
A record-breaking Expedition which had never before nor since been bettered. Rosie skied, climbed & swam across the frozen arctic ocean, alone for 84 days, setting another world record as the furthest solo expedition to the north by any woman.
2011 BROUGHTON ISLAND
Rosie explored the sea ice around Broughton Island in the high arctic, with award-winning photographer, Martin Hartley, in an area densely populated with polar bears. She spent time living with the Inuits, learning their ways of coping with climate changes & the modern-day challenges.
2018 WAHIBA SANDS
2018 Rosie led her team of women and two ex-military men through the more remote and less trodden dunes of the Wahiba Sands. The expedition was undertaken as a training exercise in navigating, survival and cameleering in anticipation of a forthcoming major expedition through the Taklamakan(*) in China. Physiological research was gathered throughout.
2019 LAKE BAIKAL, SIBERIA
A ‘Solo’ endeavour undertaken jointly with another teammate. Both ski-ing alone the full length of the largest, deepest and oldest fresh-water lake in the world, Lake Baikal in Siberia, with each team member crossing from opposite ends. Physiological research was gathered & funds & awareness raised for Veterans Aid. This, as the longest, and the first to cover the farthermost southerly, westerly, easterly and northerly points and the first as full crossing undertaken solo by a woman, will represent a handful of world firsts.
2020 – ARAL SEA CROSSING
In May 2020, Rosie will lead a small team through the grim desertscape of the Aral Kum, once a bountiful inland sea. The expedition will serve as a clarion call to the devastating effect of water drainage to feed such industries as fashion. Besides the physical endeavour, and mental challenge, It promises to be an aesthetically hideous expedition, but one that draws global publicity to the underlying issues of water misuse.
TAKLAMAKAN DESERT *
The first full crossing of the length China’s largest desert by an International team of women. This forbidding, and largely Forgotten, desert whose name translates as ‘the desert you go into, and don’t come out’, is the world’s second-largest dune desert to the Sahara. Dunes tower to 1800 feet, it is beset by sand storms and extreme temperatures. It is haunted by a history of lost souls who dared to venture in. Rosie will be representing the UK, and fully intends to emerge the other side.
• the timing of this expedition waits on an unsavoury combination of the settling of the political disruptions in Xinjiang combined with the restrictions imposed by China to contain the Coronavirus.