Historian / Naturalist
Phil studied biology at Imperial College in London, England. After completing his PhD in plant pathology, he worked for two winters and three summers as a field guide for the British Antarctic Survey, combining his passion for natural science with that of mountain exploration and photography. As a keen climber and ski mountaineer, he has led numerous climbing and skiing expeditions to Antarctica, Tibet, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Peru, East Greenland, the Caucasus and Canada, and was recently Vice President of the Alpine Club. He has led numerous successful private mountaineering and ski mountaineering expeditions to Antarctica, and his prolific explorations have led to him summiting over 100 Antarctic summits, including forty that were previously unclimbed. Phil has a very strong interest in the explorers who discovered Antarctica, the stories of their adventures, and to understand what they were like as people. This is his 20th year in Antarctica.