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Jean Louis Etienne

Author and International Adventurer

Jean Louis Etienne is a world renowned explorer and adventurer. He has taken part in numerous expeditions to the Himalayas, Greenland and Patagonia as well as crewing with Eric Tabarly for a round-the-world race aboard Pen Duick VI. Jean-Louis Etienne is also a totally committed environmentalist, and between 1990 and 1996 he led a number of education-oriented scientific expeditions to raise public awareness of the Polar Regions and to learn more about their impact on the Earth's climate and life forms. In 1991-92 he travelled in the polar sailing vessel Antarctica to Patagonia, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula.

A truly inspirational adventurer

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In detail

In 1986 he became the first man to reach the North Pole solo overland, pulling his own sled for 63 days. Between July 1989 and March 1990, he was co-leader alongside American Will Steger of the International Transantarctica expedition, which used dog sleds to make the longest overland crossing of Antarctica ever accomplished: 6,300 km. In the spring of 2002, Jean-Louis Etienne undertook Mission Banquise, drifting for three months on the sea ice around the North Pole in his Polar Observer capsule in order to carry out research and gather data on global warming. In April 2010, he made the first crossing of the Arctic Ocean with a balloon rozière.

What he offers you

Jean Louis motivates audiences with tales of his heroic endeavours and the challenges he faced and how he overcame them. Managing his expeditions has refined his skills as entrepreneur and team leader, and Jean-Louis Etienne now shares his passion for undertaking new challenges with his audiences. His spirit of adventure is infectious as he demonstrates what it takes to achieve the seemingly impossible.

How he presents

A charismatic character, Jean Louis's presentations are highly entertaining and filled with amusing and inspirational anecdotes.


He presents in English and French.

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  • Motivation
  • Inspiration
  • Teamwork
  • Achieving the Impossible


  • 2004
    Médecine des Randonnées Extrêmes: Des pôles aux Plus Hauts Sommets
  • 2002
    Mission Banquise
  • 1999
    Le Pôle Interieur
  • 1997
    Les Pôles
  • 1994
  • 1991
    Pôle Sud
  • 1990
  • 1986
    Le Marcheur du Pôle

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