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Shackleton supports and celebrates courageous modern pioneers operating in extreme and hostile environments all over the world through its Shackletom Pioneer Programme. All Shackleton clothing is performance tested by members of the Pioneer Programme to gather vital feedback to assist with design and development.

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Introducing Aldo Kane, shown here in the Shackleton Signature Sweater.

Joining the Royal Marines at 16, Aldo developed the true Commando spirit of courage, determination and cheerfulness in adversity and has served in 'all the usual hot places’ around the world over the last 15 years. These days he specialises in safety, survival, security and risk management services to the TV & Film industry through his business

In the last year alone, Aldo has worked in 26 countries in a variety of environments including mountains, deserts, jungles and of course the frozen poles. Aldo is the holder of at least four ‘firsts’ including being part of a crew that rowed from Europe to mainland South America in 2016.

A highly experienced climber, diver and skydiver, his TV work includes multiple Hollywood movies and Natural History documentaries.


On Christmas day 2017, Scott Sears become the youngest person in history to complete the 702 mile trek from the frozen southern ocean to the south pole, alone, unsupported and unassisted. The remarkable journey was completed in 38 days and beat the age record by nearly 3 years.

Lieutenant Scott, a serving member The First Battalion Royal Gurkha Rifles, completed his challenge wearing an upgraded version of the Shackleton Polar range to combat 150mph winds and temperatures to -50C.


Seb Coulthard

An award winning sailor, engineer and adventurer, Seb Coulthard has pursued a passionate interest for adventure in remote wildernesses: the Amazonian Rainforest, Antarctica, the Atacama Desert, the mountains of Norway. Seb is a retired Royal Navy helicopter engineer, an extreme cold-weather survival specialist and an IAATO certified Antarctic field guide.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, former GB Chapter Chair for The Explorers Club, Member of the James Caird Society, joint recipient of the Royal Institute of Navigation Certificate of Achievement, and a joint Royal Yachting Association and Union Internationale Motonautique powerboat world record holder.

In 2013, Seb took part in the Shackleton Epic – a faithful recreation of Shackleton’s escape from Antarctica in 1916 in which Seb and crew sailed from Elephant Island to South Georgia using only the equipment, clothing and techniques available to Shackleton, Crean, Worsley, McNish, McCarthy & Vincent a century before. Three members of the expedition then ventured 25 miles overland to recreate Shackleton’s pioneering mountain crossing from King Haakon Bay to Stromness Whaling Station.

Seb is photographed here testing the Shackleton Discovery Jacket in Antarctica. Find out more about the testing here.


Lou Rudd

During his career in the British Army, Sergeant Major Lou Rudd has completed many tours in extreme cold weather environments, including inside the Arctic Circle. He is also a qualified military ski instructor and Arctic warfare instructor.

During the winter of 2011/12, Lou trekked to the South Pole with the late adventurer Henry Worsely. It was an 800-mile unsupported journey in the footsteps of Roald Amundsen which took them from the Bay of Whales to the Geographic South Pole. Lou used this experience to plan and lead an expedition in 2016/17 with SPEAR 17, a team of Army Reservists. The 67 day, 1100 mile trek took the team across the polar continent to the South Pole before going on to complete a full traverse of Antarctica.

Lou and the SPEAR 17 were kitted out in Signature Sweaters for their expedition.


Dr Nathan Smith is a Senior Research Scientist at the Ministry of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. His research focuses on his passions around exploration, motivation and human performance and health in hostile environments. Nathan has conducted studies on individuals and groups operating in desert, mountain, polar, jungle and maritime environments. He has recently collaborated with international colleagues on a number of projects related to human performance in space, recently co-authoring a new textbook Space Safety and Human Performance.

Nathan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and associate of the Alpine Club. He also lectures at Universities on human factors and situational awareness, as well as sport and performance psychology.