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Arved Fuchs
Arved Fuchs (cropped).jpg
Born (1953-04-26) 26 April 1953 (age 69)
Bad Bramstedt, West Germany
OccupationPolar explorer, writer

Arved Fuchs (born 26 April 1953) is a German polar explorer and writer.

Polar exploration

Fuchs in 2006
Fuchs in 2006
Sailing boat Dagmar Aaen
Sailing boat Dagmar Aaen

On 30 December 1989, Fuchs and Reinhold Messner were the first to reach the South Pole with neither animal nor motorised help, using skis and a parasail. That made him the first person to reach both poles by foot within one year.

Many of his expeditions have taken place on water, such as his failed attempt to sail around North Pole on a traditional sailing boat (1991–1994). This boat, Dagmar Aaen, is still used by Fuchs on his current expeditions.

In 2000, Fuchs led an expedition to recreate Ernest Shackleton's desperate sea journey in the James Caird from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and the subsequent land crossing of that island.[1]


In October 2017, Fuchs was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for his merits to the protection of the environment.[2]



  1. ^ Navigator, Ocean (1 January 2003). "Shackleton boat/land voyage recreated - Ocean Navigator". Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Karin Beier trägt jetzt das Bundesverdienstkreuz". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). DPA. 4 October 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.