A passionate and dedicated person who maintains integrity at center of whatever he undertakes. Jason has played leading roles in 3 expedition documentary’s, holds two world records, a British record, several “firsts”, commercial Helicopter Pilot, business owner and a true entrepreneur.
Born to a modest family he grew up on the small Island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands, situated just off the coast of France, was a fantastic place to grow up and he spent his younger years dreaming of faraway places.
At the tender age of 17 he put himself forward for selection to join a “round the world” expedition. There was serious competition with over 500,000 applications worldwide, but his dedication, spirit and resourceful nature earned him a place on the expedition, little did he know what a huge impact on his life this expedition would have.
His expedition allocation was 3 months in the Bahamas, on arrival assessments of the 200 divers was made to select the top 5 to become the “cave” diving team. Once again Jason proved his worth and was selected, at only age 18. This selection was made even more important as the person who was leading the Cave divers was the World’s number one cave diver at that time, Rob Palmer, since that experience his life was never the same. He went on to dive in caves in Australia, Hawaii, Belize, and Cuba.
Back in Guernsey a “World Wildlife Fund” donation envelop dropped through his family’s post box asking for money to help to save the Rhino in 1989. This inspired Jason enough and within a year he was on an expedition to drive a Land Rover from the UK, across the Sahara, through central Africa and then down the East coast, 23,000 kms to Zimbabwe. He donated the vehicle to the Rhino anti-poaching unit and then volunteered for this unit. An Expedition that was to take 6 months captured his imagination and he lived the dream in Africa for over 9 years.
Jason has a long history of leading expeditions and teams, he was the youngest person ever to become an expedition leader for “Operation Raleigh” in 1991. Leadership of 11 three month expeditions in Africa, Alaska and South America, controlling teams of over 200 people per country and coordinating 14 different projects has given him incredible experience as a leader in challenging locations and situations.In 1996 he became unchallenged with expedition life and went back to college to train as a commercial helicopter pilot. Jason was the first person on the course to pass and one of only two out of the 28 candidates. His passion with Africa and the wildlife there was a strong draw and he used his helicopter flying skills and played an important role as a specialist in game relocation. Over the years that he flew removing animals that were under threat by either poachers or drought in five years enabled him to move over 10,000 animals to better environments. He became a “top five” respected pilot who had many adventures being charged by Rhinos, elephants and big cats!
Year 2000 saw him move back to the UK and after investigating the helicopter world and flying in the UK with the bad weather, he decided to go back to leading expeditions. On the first day of his return he was offered a directorship of a company and this started the dog sledding and Polar exploring….
In 2002 Jason entered a prestigious dog sled race that covered 500kms, the first non-Scandinavian allowed to enter the race that started 300kms above the arctic-circle, this was a true test of endurance and most thought he would never complete the course. But little did they know and true to form with limited experience, Jason placed third of the rookie entries and still holds the fastest UK time. This was a real upset for the locals, so much so, that national geographical made a documentary about it! That was seen in 172 million households and translated into 24 languages.
2004 was the first year that Jason led an expedition to the South Pole, since then he has skied to both the North Pole 5 times and skied to the South Pole a total of 3 times and driven twice, breaking world records both times.
In 2010 Jason led a group of 12 adventures who walked 500kms along the Skeleton Coast of Namibia, it had never been done unsupported, again a successful expedition
2011 was the final chapter in the “Thomson Reuters South Pole Expedition” when he and expedition partner Kieron Bradley smashed the world record for getting to the South Pole, which was the second time Jason had broken that world record…
2012 was the launch of the Discovery Channel documentaries which went out to the global audience.
And now to the future…..
Below is an overview of the expeditions that I have been the expedition leader of during the past few years, this does not include the countless “mini-expeditions” that I have led to Kilimanjaro, Great Wall of China, Machu Picchu, Sahara, Nepal, India, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Argentina, Angola, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Greenland, Iceland, Iraq, Afghanistan, Madagascar, Hong Kong, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Norway, Sweden, Paraguay, Peru, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Uganda, Zaire and Zambia. (I’m sure I have missed a few)
2011 – South Pole World record attempt (Polar)
2010 – Svalbard Expedition (schools)
2009 – Skeleton Coast Expedition
2009 – Trans-Antarctic Expedition (Concept Ice)
2008 – North Pole Expedition
2007 – South Pole Ski Expedition (all the way)
2007 – North Pole Ski Expedition (Forces)
2007 – Venezuela Jungle Expedition
2006 – South Pole Ski Expedition (Forces)
2006 – North Pole Ski Expedition
2005 – South Pole Vehicle Expedition World record attempt (Ice Challenger)
2005 – North Pole Expedition
2004 – South Pole Ski Expedition
2004 – Dog sledding Expeditions
2003 – Dog sledding Expeditions
2002 – Finnmarkslopet 500km Dog Sled Race (National Geographic)
2001 – Dog sledding Expeditions
1996 – 2000 Commercial Helicopter Pilot specialising in Large African game relocation
1996 – Belize Expedition
1995 – Botswana Expedition (Okavango Delta)
1994 – Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
1993 – Alaska, Namibia, Zimbabwe
1992 – Alaska, Zimbabwe, Chile
1991 – Zimbabwe, Botswana
1990 – Anti-Poaching Until in Zimbabwe, various expeditions
1989 – Trans African drive from London to Zimbabwe
1985 – Cave dive Expedition