Nigel Vardy is a Record-Breaking Mountaineer and Motivational Speaker.
Nigel has travelled the world since the early 1990s in search of adventure and new experiences.
He has survived in climates ranging from tropical rainforests to arctic glaciers and pushed himself to his physical and mental limits on many occasions.
In 1999 he was climbing on Mt McKinley in Alaska when a severe storm trapped him at 20,000ft. Exposed to the elements, he suffered severe frostbite and was lucky to be rescued in one of the highest-altitude helicopter airlifts in history.
At 30 years old, Nigel Vardy found himself thrust into a new and challenging world. Frostbite took all of his toes, fingertips and nose. Months of surgery and hospitalisation followed, and Nigel was forced to rebuild his life, starting with re-learning such tasks as walking, writing and driving. Even though Nigel went through so much, he insisted that he would climb again, and over the past two decades, he has proved his abilities by taking part in expeditions worldwide.
His recovery from frostbite has been described as incredible. Even though he has suffered major injuries, he has proved that he can still survive in freezing climates such as Baffin Island and the Greenland Ice Cap, but physical recovery is only part of the process. His mental recovery has seen him ride a rollercoaster of emotions, which he has built on to give him an incredible drive to succeed in everything he does. It is this drive which many people have found inspirational in Nigel’s presentations.
In 2007 he completed a record-breaking challenge which he set himself in 2003 to climb the tallest peaks on the world’s seven largest islands – this was a British first.
Since 1999, Adventurer speaker Vardy has worked with the BBC, Independent Television and the Discovery Channel. A TV series – Alive, filmed by Darlow Smithson Productions, includes his adventure on Mt McKinley. He has also contributed to articles in many broadsheet newspapers and magazines.
In 2002, the BBC used Nigel’s Nepal Audio Diaries and entered the Sony Music Awards for Radio. He still writes for the media regularly. He has also developed his skills for motivational speaking and has talked at many business conferences and travel lectures.
Nigel has been heavily involved with Raleigh International for over 15 years. He works with the Peak District National Park on conservation and ranger projects and is the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team President.
Born in Derby, England, in 1969, Nigel was educated at Belper High School before becoming an Electrical Engineer.
Nigel Vardy – Inspirational Speaker:
Nigel Vardy brings his expedition experiences into the business world. Change and Motivation are two of Nigel’s popular subjects, which cross many expeditions and business boundaries.
He can customise his talks based on his experiences and align this with the desired outcomes for different audiences
Nigel’s most popular presentations and their key audience takeaways are:
TURNING TRIAL INTO TRIUMPH
- Don’t get left out in the cold
- Don’t just survive – THRIVE
- Turn your Ideas into Reality
- Get out of your Comfort Zone
- Be the best that You can be
OVER THE HORIZON
- Be nurtured by Nature
- Disconnect to Reconnect
- Unleash your Inner Child
- Thriving in the Great Outdoors
- Mental Health Boosters
The five key reasons to book Nigel Vardy:
- British Record-Breaking Mountaineer – Nigel Vardy was the first British climber to summit the Highest Peaks on the World’s Seven Largest Islands.
- Star of the Discovery Channel / C4 Series ‘Alive’
- Author of ‘Once Bitten‘ and ‘7×7 – Seven Peak Seven Islands‘
- Expert in Change Management and Project Evaluation gained over 30 years in Electrical Engineering.
- Motivation Expert who has overcome severe physical injury and regularly climbs worldwide.