Accountants for the Pole 2004-09-04Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Humanities, Scotland.
Two explorers are set to become the first all-Scottish team to trek to ‘The South Pole’. Craig Mathieson, 35, of Buchlyvie, and Fiona Taylor, 36, of Dunfermline, will set out on their 1175 km Antarctic expedition on 2004-11-01.
Their two-month journey will be the first time a dedicated Scottish team has undertaken such a challenge.
They aim to raise 1 million GBP for four Scottish charities as part of their 100 000 GBP-plus sponsored trek.
The intrepid pair work for accountancy firm Ernst and Young and have been planning the trip for more than a year.
Their bosses have footed most of the bill for the adventure and thanks to a host of other sponsors they have gathered the necessary equipment and training to make sure their plans are a success.
Craig, who works as a consultant and is married with three children, said:
‘I’ve been wanting to do this since I was 12, and when I met Fiona on a leadership course last year I thought she was the sort of person I needed to do it.
‘We know what we’re doing, we’ve left nothing to chance and we’ve covered every eventuality dozens of times.
‘At the moment we’re feeling a mixture of excitement to be doing it, fear — which I always find is a very healthy thing to have — and we’re certainly very proud to be doing it for Scotland.
‘We’re also very sad to be leaving our families and loved ones behind but they are all behind us.’
The pair have been training for more than 12 months and will have to pull their own sledges full of hi-tech equipment every millimetre of the way.
But it has all been worth it as far as the duo are concerned and neither of them would go back on their decision to take a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Fiona, who works as a director and is an experienced outdoor enthusiast, said:
The pair are running under the title of Scot 100 in memory of William Speirs Bruce who led the only Scottish team on a scientific expedition to the Antarctic exactly a century ago.
As part of their fundraising activities a charity ball is being held at Linlithgow Palace on Saturday evening in their honour with all funds raised going to Cancer Research UK Scotland, ChildLine Scotland, MS Society Scotland and the Scottish Huntington’s Association.