Tarke L’Herpiniere – Bio 

At just 16 years of age, Tarka L’Herpiniere took a bicycle out of a skip rebuilt it in the design lab at school and set off on a 1000km journey to the south of France. Inspired to test his limits he later ran 8 marathons in 8 consecutive days. With successful expeditions to the Arctic in 2001, 2002 and 2003, he attempted to become the youngest person ever to reach the North and South Poles, unaided and in succession. Regretfully funding was insufficient and Tarka was unable to complete the project. As an experienced mountaineer, in 2006, Tarka attempted to summit Mt Everest without oxygen as part of the EverestMax team. Dramatically, at 7km above sea level, Tarka developed HACE and had to be evacuated after loosing the use of his legs. After a full recovery, in 2007, Tarka along with wife Katie-Jane completed a world first, walking the Great Wall of China from West to East. He has recently returned from cycling the length of Africa and a two months expedition on the Arctic Ocean working as the support team for the Catlin Arctic Survey. On return from Patagonia he is hoping to break a rowing speed record across the Atlantic Ocean.

  • 1995

    First summit of Mt. Blanc.

  • 1997

    Aged 16, I rebuilt a bicycle found in a skip and along with my best friend we cycled 1000 miles from Cheltenham (England) to Nice (France).

  • 1999

    As an experiment in human endurance, with minimal training I ran 8 marathons in 8 consecutive days down the west coast of France carrying all my equipment. Expedition Leader of a 4 man team to summit Mt. Blanc

  • 2001

    North / East coast of Svalbard. Along with 2 experienced Norwegian friends we spent 35 days out on the ice. Expedition Leader of winter mountaineering expedition to the Andes. The three man multi-peak expedition climbed 4 peaks (Acacongua, Cerro Plomo, Leonera and Tupungato).

  • 2002

    Floating Ice Base camp manager on the Arctic ocean for three months, coordinating resupplies for theCatlin Arctic Survey Explorer ice team.

    Became a Commando Spirit Ambassador,Helping raise funds for the RMCTF through once in a lifetime opportunities.

  • 2004

    Full length crossing of worlds largest freshwater lake , Lake Baikal 30 days on the ice
    Crossing of Kilimanjaro Southern Icecap Kilimanjaro 2013 Lead 7 group expeditions on Kilimanjaro 2014 Attempt to walk to the North Pole : 15 days on the ice

  • 2005

    Mixed expedition to Choy Oyu in preparation for Everest the following season. Solo 27 day polar training expedition to Siberia (Sunta region) Co-Leader of 9 man climbing expedition up Mt. Blanc in training for Mt. Everest

  • 2006

    EverestMax; The longest climb on earth. Cycling 8000km from the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan (-400m) to Tibet before climbing Mt. Everest (8848m). 2007 Expedition Leader of a 4500km trek through the Taklimakan Desert and over the Qiling Mountain range to walk the entire length of the Great Wall of China.

  • 2008

    Expedition Leader of 2 person team off the North / East coast of Spitsbergen. Expedition Leader of 8000km cycle through Africa

  • 2009

    2 months science and support on Arctic sea ice for Catlin Arctic Survey. Temperatures of -50°C.

    The Longest ever of the Southern Patagonian Icecap by a British Team.

  • 2013

    Part of two man team to make the first completion of Scott’s iconic 1795 mile Terra Nova route form the very coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back.