Top explorer to talk at inaugural Wooler Outdoor Week

Conrad Dickinson
Conrad Dickinson

A Northumberland explorer who guided a prince to the South Pole is going to be sharing his story in Wooler next week.

Conrad Dickinson recently hit the headlines when he led Prince Harry and a group of injured soldiers on one of the most high-profile expeditions of modern times.

The 58-year-old is now going to talk about his amazing experience, which included sharing a tent with Prince Harry, at an event during the first Wooler Outdoor Week, which runs from Thursday, May 22, until Sunday, May 25.

Conrad admits, however, that he did feel daunted when he first found out that Prince Harry would be part of the Walking with the Wounded team.

The aim of the expedition was to highlight the Walking with the Wounded charity by sending three teams in a race to the South Pole, all of which included injured soldiers. Conrad, who is a cold weather specialist, was asked to be a guide for one of the teams.

“I agreed, thinking I might be put on the American team, then I was told I would be guiding the British team,” he said. “I was pleased about that, then it was announced that Prince Harry would be part of our team and I thought ‘crikey’.

“It was a bit scary, but he turned out to be a top bloke.

“He’s a young man but he was well organised and pulled more than his weight.”

However, while Prince Harry impressed Conrad, the highlight of the trip, for him, was the achievement of Scot Duncan Slater who became the first double amputee to reach the South Pole.

Conrad Dickinson will be speaking at the Cheviot Centre in Wooler on Thursday, May 22, at 7.30pm. Tickets can be ordered online from the Wooler Outdoor Week website.