2002 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: France

Laurence de la Ferrière
France, Born 1957

Celebrated French alpinist and explorer Laurence de la Ferrière has spent the past two decades pitting herself against nature. In her quest to scale the world’s highest peaks and traverse polar deserts, she has set several records.


Laurence de la Ferrière has twice broken the women’s world record for altitude without oxygen and, in 1997, she became the first French person to reach the South Pole alone. She then wrote a book about the expedition. One of the explorer’s most outstanding achievements was her 58-day, 3,000-kilometre solo crossing from the South Pole to Dumont d’Urville in Adelie Land, for which she was commended for her courage and contribution to science by French President Jacques Chirac. More than half of the grueling trek covered unexplored terrain.

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