TALK: Craig Mathieson – Some Like It Cold
Date: Saturday 23 September
Venue: Zeffirellis Jazz Bar (upstairs), Compston Road
Price: £10 pp
Craig Mathieson is a polar explorer who is ‘Explorer-in-Residence’ with the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. And everyone who met him at last year’s Festival of the Fells (he was at Cunningham’s on Rydal Road) will testify to the fact that he is hugely charismatic and has a brilliant story to tell . . . namely, how he takes teenagers from Scotland’s urban areas and turns them into Arctic adventurers through his Polar Academy.
In 2001 Craig participated in an expedition to the summit of unclimbed peaks in Greenland, naming one Mount Mathieson. He successfully led the first dedicated Scottish Expedition to the South Pole in 2004, man-hauling his sledge 730 miles over the Antarctic continent, and two years later led an expedition to the geographical North Pole, taking a 16-year-old boy as part of his team.
He was appointed special advisor to HM Forces regarding Polar training and guiding in 2012.