Icetrek History

1992 to present

2017

Greenland traverse. May-June

Wit this west-east Greenland crossing Melbourne schoolgirl Jade Hameister and her father continue with her quest of becoming the youngest person to complete the Polar Hat Trick.

Icetrek Greenland 2017

2017

North Pole. April

A last degree expedition and dream come true for an Australian adventurer. He proved to his family and friends that at 61 he was still capable of challenging journeys.

Icetrek North Pole 2017

2017

Svalbard expedition and training. March-April

Two trips through the beautiful landscape of Svalbard. The first a 9-day expedition in the severe cold of March, the second a training trip, preparing a client for a South Pole expedition

Icetrek Svalbard 2017

2016-17

South Pole via Reedy Glacier. Dec-Jan

A 605km, 34-day new route from the Ross Ice Shelf through the Transantarctic Mountains to the South Pole. With Australian Keith Tuffley, who cycled around 50% of the trip on his fatbike, and Brit Rob Smith.

Icetrek South Pole Reedy Glacier Approach

2016

Our first season of training camps in the Australian Alps. Aug-Sep

We ran three training trips to the Australian Alps, all including a winter ascent of Mt Kosciuszco.

Icetrek Kosciuszco Polar Training Little Austria

2016

North Pole. April

Three ski expeditions to the North Pole. Two started from 88.40 (one with a 14yo girl, her father and a Norwegian cameraman filming for National Geographic, the other with a team of 4 Brits and an Aussie, the third trip was a last degree.

Icetrek North Pole 2016

2016

Svalbard. March

Eric and his daughter Mardi complete a 9-day ski trip in Svalbard. This is not Mardi's first polar trip; she visited Antarctica in 2007 on board MVSarsen when she was 10.

Icetrek Svalbard 2016

2015

Antarctica. December

A solo kite-ski expedition by Eric Philips to Ulvetanna, an iconic peak in the mountains of Queen Maud Land.

Icetrek Ulvetanna 2015

2015

South Pole. Nov-Dec

Our annual team from China to Antarctica, flying to the South Pole, camping a night on the Plateau, and visiting Emperor penguins.

Icetrek South Pole 2015

2015

North Pole. April

A ski expedition from 88.20 to the North Pole with two Australian soldiers wounded in action and a Moroccan mountaineer.

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2014

South Pole. December

Our annual team from China to Antarctica, flying to the South Pole, camping a night on the Plateau, and visiting Emperor penguins.

Icetrek South Pole 2014

2014

North Pole to Canada. April - May

Icetrek guided climate-change activist Bernice Notenboom and photographer Martin Hartley on an attempted ski from North Pole to Canada.

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2014

North Pole guiding. April

A last degree trek with a Chinese climber and Chamonix guide.

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2013

Walking with the Wounded. South Pole expedition. Nov-Dec

Three teams of wounded soldiers from Australia, USA, Canada and UK ski to the South Pole.

Icetrek South Pole 2013 1

2013

South Pole. Nov-Dec

Our annual team from China to Antarctica, flying to the South Pole, camping a night on the Plateau, and visiting Emperor penguins.

Icetrek South Pole 2013

2013

Walking with the Wounded. Norway training. September

A week of training in the mountains of Norway, preparing wounded soldiers for a race to the South Pole.

Icetrek Norway 2013

2013

Walking with the Wounded. Colorado training, August

A week of training in the mountains of Coloado, preparing wounded soldiers for a race to the South Pole.

Icetrek Colorado 2013

2013

North Pole Guiding. April

Greenpeace 'Save the Arctic' Campaign to the North Pole.

Icetrek North Pole 2013

2013

Icetrek Sleds launched. April

Icetrek launched a range of polar sleds. Available in three models, each optimised for weight, strength and tactical use.

Icetrek Sled

2013

Kate Leeming South Pole Cycle Training. March

Two weeks of preparation and training in the mountains, fiords and glaciersof Svalbard. Kate hopes to become the first person to cycle across Antarctica.

Icetrek Svalbard 2013

2013

Walking with the Wounded Iceland Training. March

Three weeks of ice training in Iceland, preparing wounded soldiers for a race to the South Pole.

Icetrek Iceland 2013

2012

South Pole. Nov-Dec

Our annual team from China to Antarctica, flying to the South Pole, camping a night on the Plateau, and visiting Emperor penguins.

Icetrek South Pole 2012 1

2012

IPGA Founded

Together with a team of polar guides from all over the world, Icetrek founder Eric Philips launches the International Polar Guides Association.

Ipga Logo

2012

North Pole Guiding. April

A multi-national expedition within the last degree.

Icetrek North Pole 2012

2012

Introduction of Multi-Shim

Flexi NP and Oversize are completely re-engineered and the revolutionary Multi-Shim introduced.

Icetrek Multi Shim

2011-12

Pole to Pole Run, South Pole. Dec-Jan

Icetrek supported Pat Farmer on the final stage of his 20,000km Pole to Pole Run. 1200km in a record 21-days running from Union Glacier to the South Pole.

Icetrek South Pole 2012

2011

South Pole

Guided a second group of Chinese people to Antarctica, flying to the South Pole, camping a night on the Plateau, and visiting Emperor penguins.

Icetrek South Pole 2011

2011

Pole to Pole Run, North Pole to Canada. April-May

Guided Pat Farmer on the first leg of his historic Pole to Pole Run. We skied 800km in 40 days from the North Pole to Canada's Ward Hunt Island.

Icetrek North Pole 2011

2010

Antarctica via every gateway town

Eric became the first person to have entered Antarctica via all gateway towns - Hobart, Christchurch, Punta Arenas, Ushuaia and Cape Town

Icetrek Polar Gateway Towns

2010

South Pole via Cape Town. Nov-Dec

Icetrek guided a group of 11 Chinese to Antarctica via Cape Town, South Africa, flying to the South Pole, camping a night on the Plateau, and visiting Emperor penguins

Icetrek South Pole 2011

2010

Flexi Oversize launched

Flexi Oversize was developed to accommodatye a trend in wider polar boots. Now the most popular Flexi model.

Icetrek Flexi Oversize

2010

North Pole Guiding. April

A last degree expedition, during which we encountered some of the worst conditions seen in the region.

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2010

North Pole Guiding. April

A half degree expedition with a team of Australians

Icetrek North Pole 2010

2009

Flexi Plateau launched

Flexi Plateau, a lightweight ski binding suitable for any footwear, was introduced during the Antarctic Peninsula trip.

Icetrek Plateau Binding

2009

Geelong Grammar School Antarctic Expedition. December

Polar guide for a world-first student expedition, sailing from Ushuaia to the Antarctic Peninsula where we skied, sea kayaked and climbed

Icetrek Antarctica School Sailing 2009

2009

Greenpeace Climate Impacts Expedition. June-Dec

Polar guide on a circumnavigation of Greenland aboard Arctic Sunrise. A worrying insight into the consequences of climate warming

Icetrek Greenland Greenpeace 2009

2009

North Pole Wedding. April

Arranged by Icetrek, this is the first wedding to take place at the North Pole,

Icetrek North Pole Wedding 2009

2009

North Pole Guiding. April

A fast 5-day last degree expedition with a New Zealand adventurer

Icetrek North Pole 2009

2008-09

Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province. Nov-Jan

Eric appointed Field Leader of AGAP South on Dome Argus. AGAP was a major project of the International Polar Year

Icetrek Agap

2008

North Pole Guiding. April

Two expeditions within the last degree including a couple in their late 70's, camping a night at the North Pole

Icetrek North Pole 2008

2008

Svalbard Traverse. March

A private 300km, 8-day ski expedition across Spitsbergen.

Icetrek Svalbard 2008

2007-08

Messner Route to South Pole

An international team of four men and women, skiing 900+km in a fast 38-day from the Ronne Ice Shelf to the South Pole.

Icetrek South Pole 2007

2007

North Pole Guiding. April

A last degree expedition with 3 Australians and the first Indian woman to ski to the North Pole

Icetrek North Pole 2007

2006-07

Sarsen Voyage to Antarctica. December

A voyage across the Southern Ocean to Macquarie Island and east Antarctica, with 4 children under the age of 10 on board.

Icetrek Antarctica Voyage 2006

2006

Icetrek Spartan Sled Harness

The Spartan is a stripped back lightweight harness suited to expeditions not requiring a sit harness for kiting or rescue.

Icetrek Spartan Harness

2006

North Pole Guiding. April

Australian Polar Extreme, including the first Australian woman to ski to the North Pole, followed by a 3-day North Pole trek with an American.

Icetrek North Pole 2006

2005

North Pole Guiding. April

A team of 7 Australians, skiing the last degree to the North Pole in 8 days.

Icetrek North Pole 2005

2004

Flexi Ski Bindings launched

The first commercial incarnation of Flexi Ski Bindings, Flexi NP, was used on the 2004 expedition.

Icetrek Flexi Np

2004

North Pole Guiding. April

Icetrek's first guiding trip, a 112km last degree expedition to the Geographic North Pole.

Icetrek North Pole 2004

2002-03

Global Extremes:Mt Everest

Eric was a guide and host on this US television series. A kind of Survivor show that took athletes all over world. The winners had the opportunity to climb Mt. Everest.

Icetrek Iceland 2003

2002

North Pole from Russia. March-April

Icetrek's first incursion onto the Arctic Ocean, a baptism of ice. 900km in 58 days, polar bears, immersions, frostbite...the usual. Film: Icetrek North Pole. A prototype of Flexi Ski Bindings were used on this expedition with great success.

Icetrek North Pole 2002

2000

South Patagonian Icecap. Aug-Sept

A 23-day, 220km ski-kite traverse from Chile's Jorge Montt Glacier to Lago Argentino. Taking on the wild weather of Patagonia. Film: Riding the Tempest.

Icetrek Patagonia 2000

1998

Atlas Sled Harness

The Icetrek Atlas sled harness with built-in leg loops for kiting and rescue was launched with this expedition.

Icetrek Atlas Harness

1999

Icetrek Expeditions founded

Icetrek Expeditions was founded by Eric Philips as a professional polar expeditioning company.

Icetrek Logo

1998-99

Icetrek South Pole Expedition. Nov-Jan

An 84-day, 1425km new route from McMurdo to the South Pole via the Shackleton Glacier. The first expedition under the Icetrek brand. Film: Icetrek. Into the Teeth of the Blizzard.

Icetrek South Pole 1999

1996-97

Antarctica 1996-97

Eric worked for 6 months as a Field Training Officer at Mawson Station, an Australian base.

Icetrek Antarctica 1996

1995

Greenland crossing. July-August

Green Ice Traverse was the first crossing of Greenland by an Australian team. Using kayaks as sleds, the team paddled from Tasillaq to Isortoq then skied and kited across the icecap to Kangerlussuaq. Led by Eric

Icetrek Greenland 1995

1992

Ellesmere Island, Canadian High Arctic. June-July

Eric's first polar expedition, making the first crossing of the world's fourth largest icecap and the first ascent from sea level of Ellesmere Island's highest mountain, Barbeau Peak.

Icetrek Ellesmere 1992