Adventurer dies in Arctic

A Londoner has died during an expedition in Greenland.

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Fundraiser freezes to death on Arctic expedition

A Londoner has died after getting caught up in a severe snow storm during a trek across Arctic Greenland.

Philip Goodeve-Docker, who was 30, wrote about trekking across "one of the most deadly landscapes in the world", before setting out. He froze to death during a 400-mile expedition across an ice-cap. Ria Chatterjee speaks to Jim McNeill, a Polar explorer, and Philip's friend and colleague Adam Bloom.

Messages in memory of arctic fundraiser

Messages have been posted on the fundraising page of the man who died during an arctic fundraising expedition. Among them are memories from friends, family and colleagues.

"A kind and loving gentleman with a beautiful soul. You will never be forgotten"


"We remember how much passion you put into this cause. May your soul rest in peace."


"Would have paid any money to have you back my friend still can't believe you are gone. rest in peace hope to see you again one day."



Philip was prepared for "deadly landscape"

Philip in training before the trip Credit:

On his JustGiving page Philip Goodeve-Docker wrote of the dangers he would face travelling across one of the most "deadly landscapes in the world". He said the challenge across the world's second largest ice cap from east to west would take 30 to 35 days.

"We will travel 550-600km across one of the most dazzling, beautiful, yet barren and deadly landscapes in the world, dragging all our own supplies (between 100-135kg) on individual pulks (sleds)," he said.

"This is one of the great polar challenges, through which we face such dangers as polar bears (not cute and cuddly), crevasses up to 500+ metres deep, polar winds, temperatures of 5C to -50C, plus the horror of 3 men with one tent & no washing."

Philip's teammates in hospital

Philip Goodeve-Docker, Roan Hackney and Andy Norman Credit: PA

It took around 30 hours for emergency teams to be able to reach Philip Goodeve-Docker's team and airlift them to safety but Mr Goodeve-Docker died before their arrival.

The London events manager was on the unsupported crossing with experienced expedition leader Roan Hackney and Andy Norman, a former IT professional, who both remain in a "critical condition" in hospital.

Philip will be "unbelievably missed"

Philip Goodeve-Docker was part of an unaided group in Greenland Credit: Facebook

The family of the 30 year old London man who died during an expedition in Greenland have paid tribute to him on Facebook.

"FROM THE FAMILY: We wanted to let everyone know that on Sunday morning we had a phone call to confirm that Philip sadly died. To our son, brother and friend, we are so glad that you were on your adventure and expedition that you had wanted to do for so long._

"You will be unbelievably missed and your memory cherished. xx"_

Philip Gooeve-Docker had described the 550-600km trek as "one of the great polar challenges."


Ealing man dies in charity trek

Philip Goodeve-Docker was part of an unaided group in Greenland Credit: Facebook

A Londoner has died during an expedition in the Arctic with two friends when the group got into trouble. They started their attempt to cross the Greenland ice cap on April 19 in a bid to raise more than £5,000 for the The Queen's Nursing Institute.

The two other British men are being treated in hospital.

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