Luke and Hazel Robertson

Luke and Hazel Robertson were appointed Explorers-in-Residence in 2017. Hailing from Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, they now split their time between Edinburgh and Geneva.


In 2016, with an artificial pacemaker and less than two years after undergoing brain surgery, Luke became the youngest Brit, the first Scot and one of less than 20 people in history to ski 730 miles solo and unsupported to the South pole. Luke has also completed successful expeditions to Norway and Greenland and competes in long distance endurance events. These include the Ben Nevis Triathlon, the Ten Peaks Ultra, the 250 mile eight day inaugural Cape Wrath Ultra and the ‘hardest footrace in the world’, the Marathon des Sables.

He is an ambassador for Marie Curie, the Polar Academy and the Greener Scotland Campaign. As well as TEDx speaker, he has delivered presentations to a variety of audiences and has been a guest contributor to the BBC website. Luke has 6 years of business experience and currently works for the UN in sustainable finance.


Hazel has led an expedition in Canada, climbed Kilimanjaro unsupported via the treacherous Western Breach and loves anything that takes her outdoors, including back-country skiing, mountain biking and long distance multi-day ultra marathons.

In 2016 she ran a 140 mile Ice Ultra on snowshoes in Arctic Sweden and the very first 250 mile Cape Wrath Ultra through the beautiful and remote west coast of Scotland. In 2017 she completed the 156 mile Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert. Hazel currently works as a Transition Energiser and Energy Business consultant.



Craig Mathieson


In January 2014, we were delighted to announce the appointment of the RSGS’s first Explorer-in-Residence. Scottish explorer Craig Mathieson was awarded the four-year ambassadorial role, which involves working with the Society, promoting our work and his, and inspiring school children all over the country.

Craig has been involved in many polar expeditions, to both the Antarctic and the Arctic.  His childhood dream was to ski to the South Pole, a dream that he realised in 2004He decided then that he wanted to share this experience with the younger generation. In 2006 he trained a 16-year-old boy, who joined him on a journey to the Geographic North Pole. This trip of a lifetime inspired the boy involved, and he went from having a difficult time at school to passing a geology degree and moving to work in Australia.

Since then, Craig has established the Polar Academy charity, to take young adults from difficult backgrounds and motivate them through expeditions in Scotland, and eventually through chances to travel to East Greenland. Participants learn to work together in the outdoors as a team, learning the importance of planning and leadership. The Academy emphasises that any goal is achievable, as long as you have the right attitude.


On Becoming an Explorer

I made the decision to become an explorer at the age of 12....Read More

The Polar Academy

Much has happened since I introduced The Polar Academy....Read More

The Team of Ten

The extremely difficult task of choosing the lucky ‘10’ young adults had to be done....Read More

The Training Continues

The participants have now completed their week-long training at Glenmore Lodge....Read More