Stonehaven’s Luke prepares for trek

Luke has received high profile backing from Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Mark Beaumont and is now also supported by the Saltire Foundation, the Mountaineering Council for Scotland and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
Luke has received high profile backing from Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Mark Beaumont and is now also supported by the Saltire Foundation, the Mountaineering Council for Scotland and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

In less than three weeks, 30 year old Luke Robertson will be setting off on his bid to become the first Scot and the youngest Brit to undertake a solo, unassisted and unsupported expedition to the South Pole.

Luke, an Edinburgh resident, brought up in Stonehaven, has already raised over £23,000 for Marie Curie, a charity he has a close relationship with following his own surgery for suspected brain cancer in 2014.

The record-breaking ‘Due South 2015’ expedition will start from Hercules Inlet at the very edge of Antarctica on the November 21.

Dragging 100kg of equipment across 730 miles of ice, over 35 days, burning in excess of 10,000 calories per day, whilst braving temperatures of -50 degrees Celsius and 100mph winds is remarkable enough, but Luke will be doing all this just one year after major brain surgery and with an artificial pacemaker, which he had fitted at the age of 23 to treat complete heart block.

By completing this trip, Luke is hoping to inspire others to overcome mental and physical challenges and to help them achieve whatever goals they set themselves.

Whilst Luke has a number of private donors in place and his employer, Franklin Templeton Investments, is also supporting his efforts, he is still looking for corporate sponsors to cover the final logistics costs. Those interested in sponsoring Luke can do so by visiting www.duesouth2015.com.

Speaking ahead of the trip, Luke, recently engaged to his fiancée, Hazel, said: “After all the training and preparation I am now eager to start the expedition and face the huge mental and physical demands the challenge will present.

“I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosities I have received so far in my fundraising efforts and know the infinite encouragement will enable me to push myself further and keep me smiling when I spend Christmas day alone!”

During his trip Luke will be providing progress updates through Facebook www.facebook.com/duesouth2015 and Twitter www.twitter.com/duesouth2015.