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Newall Hunter

Scottish Adventurer, Inspirational Speaker, Expedition Consultant and Aerial Drone Specialist
(flying where others wont go)

Newall Hunter FRGS, is a Scottish adventurer who in 2016 became the first Scot and one of only 15 people in the world to complete the full Adventurers’ Grand Slam – climbing the highest mountains of each of the seven continents and reaching both Poles. One of the highlights was Newall’s South Pole expedition when he skied solo from the coast of Antarctica to the Pole, becoming the first Scot to solo the South Pole and only the third person ever to solo the Messner Route. He then went straight on to climb Mount Vinson, the highest mountain on the continent of Antarctica. You can read a day-by-day blog of his adventures by clicking here.

Newall is currently working on a book, with author Inger Kenobi, in which he will share some of his adventures, what drove him to face some of the harshest conditions on the planet, to successfully complete the Adventurers’ Grand Slam including Everest and the Solo South Pole, all without external funding or sponsorship.

Newall is working on the plans for his next Adventures – including an unsupported winter desert crossing – harder than Antarctica, and a “Top Gear” style challenge around the world between a non-stop racing yacht and an overland vehicle. While Newall completed the Grand Slam without sponsor support, he is now looking for partners for the round the world race. Read more here.

Newall is also an Aerial Drone operator specialising in technical filming solutions for extreme sports, expeditions, and in mountainous and remote locations where others won’t go. Newall’s unique combination of experience in extreme environments and in engineering allows him to design systems and overcome the challenges of operating in remote and hostile locations.  Seven Summits Aerial Drone Website

As an adventurer and engineer he also provides consultancy on communications, tracking and power solutions for expeditions and anyone operating in extreme environments.

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Latest News

Red Bulletin - GREAT SCOT

Red Bull featured Newall in their March edition of Red Bulletin magazine with two articles by Justin Hynes  – “A Life Less Ordinary” and “The Adventurers’ Grand Slam” –  looking at what it takes for a normal person to take on and complete the Adventurers’ Grand Slam. The article features some great shots by photographer Henry Hunt.

Expeditions

Expeditions

North America

    Mount Denali in Alaska - sometimes said to be the coldest mountain in the world. Newall successfully summited Denali - this was his second attempt, the first being in 2010 when he tried a winter ascent. At the time of the start of the climb this season on Denali has not been a good one with storm Evans battering the mountain with high winds which has meant very few successful summits. As of the 27th of May 156 people have attempted the climb this year but only 33 have been successful. This just shows that Denali is a formidable climb at any time of the year.  

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    • 5,642 meters
    • Located in Russia

    Newall ski toured Elbrus from the north side. This is thought to be the first time Elbrus has been skied all the way from base camp  to summit and back down to base camp from the North without having to revert to the use of crampons high up in the mountain. This ski tour was completed during the winter months. The Northern route is much more remote than the normal route on the South side - no hotels, restaurants, cable cars or snow cats here, so the climbers reach the summit by walking or in Newall’s case skiing Up and Down. This is the original route that people used to climb Elbrus for the first time 187 years ago. It is rather difficult to get to the northern foot of Mt. Elbrus because there is no asphalt road there and only off-road vehicles are able to overcome these 90 kilometres from the town of Kislovodsk to the base of the mountain. Even the off-road vehicles could not get to the base of the mountain, so the skiing had to start before even reaching Elbrus itself.

    Australasia

    • 4,884 meters
    • Highest mountain on the continent of Australasia
    • Also known as Puncak Jaya

    While Carstensz Pyramid’s peak is free of ice, there are several glaciers on its slopes, including the Carstensz Glacier, West Northwall Firn and East Northwall. View Newalls photo collection from this summit by clicking here.

    Antarctica

    • 16,050 ft
    • Highest mountain on the continent of Antarctica
    • The coldest of the Seven Summits

    Mount Vinson is a large mountain massif that is 21 km long and 13 km wide and lies within the Sentinel Range of the Ellsworth Mountains. It overlooks the Ronne Ice Shelf near the base of the Antarctic Peninsula. View Newalls photo collection from this summit by clicking here.

    Antarctica

    • Southernmost point on the surface of the Earth
    • Sun is continuously above the horizon during the summer
    • Sun is continuously below the horizon during the winter

    Between November 2014 and February 2015, Newall skied solo from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, becoming the first Scot to solo the South Pole and only the third person ever to solo the Messner Route. View Newalls photo collection from this journey by clicking here.

    Arctic Ocean

    • 4,261 metre sea depth
    • Sun is continuously above the horizon during the summer
    • Sun is continuously below the horizon during the winter

    Defined as the point in the Northern Hemisphere where the Earth's axis of rotation meets its surface. In 2013 Newall helped train and guide a team for a successful expedition to the geographic North Pole. View Newalls photo collection from this journey by clicking here.

    Asia

    • 8,848 metres
    • Greatest distance above sea level
    • Frequent presence of high-speed winds

    Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in Tibet as Chomolungma, is Earth's highest mountain. It is located in the Mahalangur mountain range in Nepal and Tibet. View Newalls photo collection from this summit by clicking here.

    North America

    • 5,500 meters
    • Also known as Mount McKinley
    • Centrepiece of Denali National Park and Preserve

    The highest mountain peak in North America, with a summit elevation of 20,310 feet (6,190 m) above sea level. At some 18,000 ft (5,500 m), the base-to-peak rise is the largest of any mountain situated entirely above sea level.  View Newalls photo collection from this summit by clicking here.

    Africa

    • 4,877 metres
    • Part of the Kilimanjaro National Park
    • Occasional high winds

    Mount Kilimanjaro has three volcanic cones, "Kibo", "Mawenzi", and "Shira", is a dormant volcanic mountain in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Africa, and rises approximately 4,877 metres. View Newalls photo collection from this summit by clicking here.

    South America

    • 6,960 metres
    • Part of the Aconcagua Provincial Park
    • Large glacier systems

    Aconcagua is bounded by the Valle de las Vacas to the north and east and the Valle de los Horcones Inferior to the West and South. The mountain was created by the subduction of the Nazca Plate beneath the South American Plate during the geologically recent Andean orogeny. View Newalls photo collection from this summit by clicking here.

    Seven Summits Map
    7 Summits Map

    Climbing the Seven Summits and reaching the North and South pole is known as “The Explorers Grand slam” – More information can be found here.

    Video Footage

    Video Footage

    You can view all of Newalls photos by clicking the gallery button