Luke’s lecture about South pole journey

Luke Robertson, who became the first ever Scot to walk unsupported to the South Pole and who orginates in Stonehaven gave his first public talk about his trip at the Station Hotel on Friday evening. 'The event was organised by the Stonehaven Mountaineering and Hillwalking Club and was hosted by long distance cyclist Mark Beaumont who was a patron of Luke's expedition. 'S.M.H.C. president Roger Owen is pictured with Mark, Luke and Hazel Clyne. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
Luke Robertson, who became the first ever Scot to walk unsupported to the South Pole and who orginates in Stonehaven gave his first public talk about his trip at the Station Hotel on Friday evening. 'The event was organised by the Stonehaven Mountaineering and Hillwalking Club and was hosted by long distance cyclist Mark Beaumont who was a patron of Luke's expedition. 'S.M.H.C. president Roger Owen is pictured with Mark, Luke and Hazel Clyne. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES

Stonehaven Mountaineering and Hillwalking Club (SMHC) had a packed event this week talking to Stonehaven’s own Luke Robertson.

Luke was back in town to tell a packed Station Hotel all about his solo, unassisted and unsupported expedition to the South Pole. The event was hosted by broadcaster and record breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont.

Luke arrived at the South Pole at around 2.30am on January 12 after 39 days skiing on some of the most unforgiving terrain. Luke along the way has raised over £60,000 on his Just Giving page for Marie Curie.

Around 120 guests, including residents and friends and family of Luke were at the event which involved Luke giving his first public lecture and slide show from his expedition.

It was easy for Luke as he told a captivated audience how he had frostbitten fingers and nose and was only able to eat through a funnel on the expedition. As well as hearing from Luke himself, Mark conducted an interview and conversation with Luke on his battles throughout before questions were opened to the attending audience.

The event was organised by Roger Owen, a founding member and current committee meember of SMHC.

Roger told the Mearns Leader: “The event was a huge success and the packed audience loved it.

“Being a broadcaster, Mark brought out the emotional side of things and got Luke talking about how he coped along the way. Luke was very grateful for all the support he has had locally from family and friends and the community.”

SMHC are always on the lookout for new members and for more information visit http://www.smhc.eu/.