Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, keynote speaker, business coach, documentary presenter and sustainability campaigner.
An Arabic and Nepalese speaking former British Army Gurkha Officer, who also spent two years as part of the Special Forces, he has conquered Everest, K2, the North and South Poles, the length of Greenland by kite-ski and the Arabian Desert by camel amidst a lifetime of adventure, setting two Guinness World Records, writing two books, and featuring in three documentaries to date.
One of the few extreme adventurers in the world with a senior corporate background, including six years as an Airbus Middle East Sales Director, Adrian is an internationally acclaimed keynote / motivational speaker and professional leadership, team, and executive coach & consultant, delivering speeches, seminars, and programs worldwide.
He is an advisor to the European Mars One project, an ambassador on economic, social & environmental sustainability and a patron of several organisations and charities, speaking, writing, and campaigning on related contemporary world issues. As a former qualified Paramedic, he is also involved in an ongoing project providing medical treatment and health & hygiene education in the remote areas of the Himalayas.
Adrian has featured in three documentaries: The Greenland Quest in 2011 for the National Geographic Channel; Footsteps of Thesiger in 2013 and In Inner Mongolia in 2017 for the Discovery Channel and is now an establishing television and documentary presenter. His first book, Footsteps of Thesiger, was published in 2013, and details his 44-day journey across the Arabian Desert. His second book, One Man’s Climb: A Journey of Trauma, Tragedy and Triumph on K2 will be published worldwide from March 2019.
One Man’s Climb: A deeply moving story of the beauty and brutality of life, and death, on the world’s most unpredictable and perilous mountain. Record-breaking adventurer and internationally acclaimed personal, team and leadership coach, Adrian Hayes details an intensely personal account of his attempts to climb K2 – the notorious second highest mountain in the world – in 2013 and again in 2014. In this gripping narrative, the author seamlessly shifts between his guilt and struggles as a father amid tumultuous personal circumstances; the profound events on K2 and the powerful lessons for our lives in the world below. Absorbing and self-reflective, his journey is as much a lesson in human development, real teamwork and the world we live in as it is a story of climbing a mountain – and a compass for conquering the mountain within all of us. Buy from Amazon
Literary Festival Appearances
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (2013 and 2018)
Awards and Prizes
Two Guiness World Records (see bio)
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Adrian is an internationally acclaimed keynote speaker, documentary television presenter and sustainability campaigner delivering powerful, highly emotive, visual and auditory presentations.