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Polar Explorer - Vet Surgeon - Keynote Speaker
The longest solo, unsupported Polar Journey in Human History (2019/20)
The first summit of Dome Argus, solo and unsupported (2019/20)
The fastest solo, unsupported crossing of Antarctica (2013/14)
The fastest unsupported crossing of Greenland, South to North (2017)
The first to cross the Torres Strait by kiteboard (2012)
The first and only wind-assisted crossing of the Sahara Desert (2009)
Dr. Geoff Wilson is a world-class polar explorer, dynamic keynote speaker and entrepreneur. He’s living a vast and varied life split between being a family man, veterinary surgeon and expeditionist - constantly squeezing every drop out of life.
Geoff has developed an intense resilience, gathered by a lifetime of pushing his mind and body through the harshest wilderness. This steel-trap mindset has equipped him with the fervour to pursue audacious challenges all over the globe, inspiring men and women along the way to abandon the perils of complacency and discover their greater purpose.
Geoff has an exhaustive list of accolades;
He holds World Records for:
Born in the heart of Africa.
Geoff was born in the quiet village of Kitale in Kenya. Geoff was born with a severe cleft-palate and endured multiple corrective surgeries from a very early age. Once recovered, his young life was spent causing mischief in the African bush, including a narrow-escape from a chance encounter with a bull-elephant.
Fleeing to a better place
During the dark and terrible reign of Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin, Geoff's father, Alan Wilson hatched an escape plan, to avoid certain peril. He sold all they had and bought a small 'Cessna 175' before flying his young family over 6 weeks to land in Townsville Australia.
Boarding school was a challenging crucible for young Wilson, who became familiar with fisticuffs, defending himself against those who gave him a hard time about his multiple face-surgeries and peculiar upbringing in Africa. Positively, he also began his entrepreneurial streak, growing his hobbies into businesses.
Bicycle trip to Nairobi
Finished with school and the winds of adventure beckoned. Geoff dreamt up the audacious challenge of cycling from London to Nairobi with his best mate Simon.
Geoff always had a deep love for animals great and small and coming from a long lineage of veterinarians in the family, the transition was a no-brainer. Geoff went on to build multiple vet hospitals and become one of the countries best vet surgeons.
Love & Marriage
Geoff met his sweetheart, Sarah in the grounds of the University of Queensland during his tenure as a vet student. They went on to have three beautiful kids together and have been married 27 years.
The Boxing Day Tsunami hit Aceh, Indonesia. Geoff had a particular affinity with Indonesia, spending time growing up there as a young boy. Additionally, he was fluent in the local language, Bahasa. After the tragic report of the devasting Tsunami, Geoff joined a French medical response team to help in the rescue effort and came across a young man by the name Halidan, who changed the trajectory of Geoff's life as he knew it.
Learn more about Geoff's early adventures and the life events that catapulted him into one of the world's leading polar explorers.