Medical Professional, BASE Climber & Documentary Maker
Dr Glenn Singleman is a medical doctor, professional adventurer, acclaimed documentary film maker and the holder of multiple world records.
On May 23rd 2006, Glenn and his wife Heather Swan, set a new world record for Altitude BASEjumping (highest exit point) and highest Winguit BASEjump (exit point). This world record (and a world first for women) was the result of six years hard work and an unwavering commitment to their goal. On September 24 2006 the Australian Geographic Society recognised their achievement with the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ Award.
BASEClimb began in 1992 when Glenn and Nic Feteris jumped (with a parachute) from The Great Trango Tower (20,000 feet or 6258 metres) in Pakistan. BASEClimb – the film Glen made about the adventure – screened in 127 countries to over 200 million people. Critically and popularly acclaimed, the film won 21 International Awards, set new standards in its category and became National Geographic’s most popular adventure documentary. Footage of the jump has been described as the most powerful ever shot of BASEjumping. In 2005 BASEClimb was voted one of the best 10 adventure documentaries of all time by American Men’s Journal.
In 2000 Glenn wrote, produced and directed BASEClimb 2 Defying Gravity which told the story of his wife Heather’s quest to learn to mountaineer and basejump so she could climb and jump a higher cliff than the Great Trango Tower. BASEClimb 2 screened around the world on free-to-air and National Geographic cable and quickly surpassed the original BASEClimb documentary commercially.
BASEClimb 3 covers their achievements in Mt Meru, India where they decided to jump in wingsuits. The film was made for international release on free-to-air, cable and DVD.
For Glenn the BASEClimb projects were just one in a string of bold adventures (including flying the first hot air balloons over Mt. Everest and the world’s highest black tie dinner party) that had previously been judged impossible.
Between 2003 and 2005 Glenn was the Doctor and part of the camera crew on Deep Ocean Expedition’s voyages to make first the Imax documentary Aliens of the Deep and then for Discovery Channel the Live television special Last Mysteries of the Titanic. Both were directed by Hollywood Director James Cameron.
Glenn is also one of Australia’s most popular professional speakers. In demand since 1993 he has spoken all around the world. As of July 2006 he has made over 500 professional presentations – many of them return visits to Top 100 companies. He continues to work as a medical practitioner, working in the Emergency and Critical Care Units at Sydney Adventist Hospital in Sydney. Glenn Singleman has been a Director on the Board of Greenpeace Australia 1990 92 and Chairperson of Oceanic Research Foundation in 1990. In 2005 Glenn and his wife Heather featured on the ABC’s prestigious Australian Story programme. In August 2006 Australian Story ran a second program specifically about their world record breaking wingsuit jump from Mt Meru in India. They have also been part of the Best of Australian Story.
Glenn Singleman talks about
The universal principles of peak performance – Glen weaves important and engaging messages about physical and emotional fitness, attitude, commitment, motivation, the power of ‘Never Give Up’, the pervasive role of fear and how to overcome it into tales of his incredible achievements as world record holding BASEjumper and adventurer.
His stories are delivered with humour, honesty and professionalism, and supported by amazing video footage and photographic content from their three BASEClimb projects. Refreshingly, Glenn deliver messages that are educational, and inspirational without preaching.
In staging a successful event, you have to find a “WOW” segment. You certainly provided that element and more! No matter what personal fears we all have, … you showed that there is really no limit to what one can achieve if one sets one’s mind to it. … Glenn, we all climb our different mountains every day of our lives. You’ve shown us … how we can harness the fear and turn it into positive thrust. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
-Commonwealth Bank Australia
You linked your themes beautifully into our business context and most of your key messages were perfect for us as well. On a personal level you challenged us all to move beyond our comfort zones. You are a fantastic speaker and very professional and this was inspiring as well