Captain Louis Rudd MBE served for 34 years in the military, joining at the age of 16 as a soldier and rising through the ranks to Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) before commissioning as an Officer. As well as serving in Northern Ireland, The Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan he has completed multiple cold weather tours in Norway and the Arctic circle. While serving he completed a Masters Degree (MSc) in Security & Risk Management.
Louis’ first trip to Antarctica was in 2011/12 on the Scott/Amundsen Centenary Race Expedition. Along with Lt Col Henry Worsley MBE they skied 800 miles over 67 days unsupported from the Bay of Whales, up the Axel Heiberg Glacier to the South Pole, following the original route of the Norwegian Roald Amundsen. The expedition raised £150k for the Royal British Legion charity.
In 2016/17 he planned and lead a team of five Army Reservists on a 67 day, 1,100 mile traverse of Antarctica. The SPEAR17 Expedition started at Hercules Inlet, skied 700 miles unsupported to the South Pole, collected a resupply and then crossed the Titan Dome and descended the Shackleton Glacier before arriving on the Ross Ice Shelf. The expedition won multiple awards including the Sun Military Award (Millie) for ‘Inspiring Others’ and in 2018 Louis was awarded an MBE for his leadership on the journey. The team raised £50k for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.
In May 2018 Louis guided a team of five civilian friends on a 570 km west to east traverse of the Greenland Ice Sheet. Despite a difficult season and hurricane strength winds the team completed the crossing in 27 days.
In 2018/19 he undertook the ‘Spirit of Endurance’ expedition which was a 56 day, 920 mile solo unsupported (no kites or resupply) crossing of the Antarctic land mass, becoming the first Briton and second in the world to complete this journey. He is the first person to traverse Antarctica twice on foot. Post expedition he completed a 5 month schools programme on behalf of the Army lecturing on his military career and life of adventure. He was honoured to receive the Scientific Exploration Society’s ‘Explorer of the Year 2019’ award.
Louis is a member of the Explorers Club and an Ambassador for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. He is married with 3 children and in his spare time enjoys enduro offroad motorbike racing, sailing, reading polar history and guest speaking. He is a global brand ambassador for Shackleton London.