Louis-Philippe Loncke is a versatile explorer and adventurer. He has completed world first expeditions on diverse terrain. As an engineer and management consultant, he plans meticulously the solutions which have allowed him to succeed in extreme unsupported expeditions that no one else has attempted before him.
During his 11 years of corporate work in top publicly traded companies, he has become certified in project management, service management and process improvement and has worked in logistics, banking, food and sports retail, utilities, transportation and telecom.
At the age of 27, Louis-Philippe had no clue about the exploration world and adventure community until a late passion for scuba-diving brought him to travel one year in Oceania in 2004. In Australia he saw a movie about a solo desert crossing without any assistance, and subsequently two years after, he would start breakthrough world first treks across deserts himself. He received recognition from the locals after struggling across Tasmania’s wilderness for 7 weeks, and as a result, he has acquired a strong and positive mental mindset.
In 2008, he surprised the Australian news by becoming the first person to walk completely unsupported across the length of the Simpson Desert, the most arid one of the country. He is one of the three solo outdoor lab-rats to perform cognitive tests in expedition for the scientific program decision taking under stress in extreme environments. Since 2009, he has done several world first expeditions, charity or environment expeditions, in the valley of the Everest, in Iceland, Australia and Belgium, to emphasise the importance of water.
Over the last few years, Louis-Philippe became one of the most respected adventurers and explorers of his generation. His ability to prepare expeditions in a short time while continuing his day job as management consultant have amazed veteran explorers. His passion for adventure and exploration goes beyond his own achievements. He travels all over Europe meeting other explorers to share experience, build strong connections and discuss new projects.
He has contributed to several expedition books and articles as his versatility and engineer approach add value to the mindset of preparation and expedition focus.
In 2011, he took a 1 hour kayak lesson and the week after he started a 600 km kayak expedition around Belgium showing the beauty of the country and showing the water pollution. After this expedition he was chosen as an ambassador for NGO Roots and Shoots. He has been selected as torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympics. He is a member of the Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He is a volunteer, director and board member for NGO Art in All of us.
He is currently preparing for other expeditions and developing a consultancy and coaching business.
Louis-Philippe speaks on many topics including expanding boundaries to solve daily challenges, motivation, focus and decision taking under stress in extreme environments.
Memberships, Awards and Recognitions.
Member of the Explorers Club since 2010
Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society
Young talent of the year 2009 by the Baillis of Mouscron
Ambassador for Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots
Torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games
Expedition planning (6 world first expeditions), expedition gear and communications.
Certified PADI scuba-diver divemaster with +200 logged dives. Certified in Nitrox & Ice-diving.
Speaker on topics like leadership, goal setting, motivation (agent at the London Speaker Bureau)
Expeditions / Adventures
2013 - Into The Wild: 1 year adventure travel & expeditions in Africa and South America
2012 - Poland Trek: Expedition from the highest summit of Poland to the Baltic Sea using human power (World first). On foot in the mountains, by packraft and kayak on the Vistula, Poland’s longest river and one of the last wild rivers of Europe. (1200km/1month).
2011 - BelgiKayak: Touring the Belgians waterways by kayak to re-discover the country’s forgotten beauties and stress out on water pollution (600km/23days of paddling).
2010 - Iceland Trek Summer: World first unsupported crossing of Iceland between its extreme latitudes from North to South. Scientific program: Perform cognitive tests to study the effect of decision taking under stress in extreme environments. (560km/19days)
2009 - Chocolate Sherpa Everest: A cultural walking journey from Kathmandu to Everest Base camp. Meet the local population who does not see tourists walking anymore. Organizing the highest chocolate tasting in the world event to attract the media, raise funds for the first Mobile hospital in Nepal and create awareness on the Medical situation in the poorest country of Asia. (400km/1month)
2008 - Simpson Desert Trek: World first unsupported North-South (length) traverse of the Simpson Desert in Australia. Pass through the geographic center of the dead heart of the continent. Unique photographs of areas were taken where no man has been before. Scientific program: Perform cognitive tests to study the effect of decision taking under stress in extreme environments. (800km/35 days)
2007 - Wild Mountains of Tasmania: Unresupplied Mountain and forest trek across the entire Tasmanian wilderness. 19 peaks were climbed (500km/49days). Dramatic end as it became a battle for survival with almost no food left with a dead GPS and no communication systems.
2006 - The Great Sand Island: World first unsupported crossing of Fraser Island (Australia), the world’s largest sandbar. (250km/9 days)
2006 - Mountains of the Outback: World first unsupported trek across the West McDonnell National Park climbing all highest peaks. (330km/11 days)
TV appearances in Belgium, Poland, Iceland and Brazil (TV series Extremos on GloboTV). Radio in France, Belgium, Poland and Australia.
Numerous web articles, press in national papers and magazines.
Writing, photography, filmmaking, meet fellow explorers
Unsupported treks Polar/deserts Extreme environments
Survival - Learning how the human body works Cognitive tests with scientists in expeditions.
Education Inspiring others be a model for responsible citizens
Website: http://louis-philippe-loncke.com Blog: http://LouPhi.blogspot.com
Mob: +32 492 911 250 - Skype: LONCKELPH
Web presence links & social media: http://about.me/LouPhi