Media Release: Free Polar presentation from Scotland’s greatest living explorer

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Last chance to book your place in a free presentation in Glasgow next Thursday (20th June) from Scotland’s greatest living explorer

EIGHT years after completing his lifelong dream – by skiing across the frozen wastes of Antarctica to reach the South Pole – Craig Mathieson, head of VAT at leading independent accountancy firm, French Duncan, will tell all the gory details of the challenging expedition.

Hauling his 200lb sledge for over 730 miles, Mathieson had to endure temperatures of below -60c, hunger and injury to achieve this ultimate feat of endurance.

He finished the epic adventure in 56 days, despite his partner dropping out suffering with hypothermia and frostbite.

The Royal Scottish Geographical Society officially recognised this expedition as the first-ever Scottish expedition to reach the South Pole.

Thereafter, in 2006, Mathieson led an expedition to the Geographic North Pole.

Following mental and physical preparation and training, the team was successful in taking a previously inexperienced 16 year-old Scottish school boy to the Pole.

Mathieson said: “My philosophy is that any goal is achievable; as long as you have the correct attitude. That will be the key message from this talk, which will stress the importance of planning and leadership and hopefully help inspire people to realise their goals, whatever these might be.”

Mathieson’s presentation is from 5.30pm to 9pm on Thursday 20th June at the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow, 232-242 St Vincent Street.

Anyone interested in attending can book a place by contacting Madeleine Canning or Hilary Walker on ( or 0141 221 2984.


For further information please contact Craig Mathieson on tel 0141 221 2984

Issued on behalf of French Duncan by Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018

Date: 12th June 2013

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