Hazel and Luke Robertson are from Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire and now live in Edinburgh, Scotland.
They are both Explorers in Residence for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
Endurance athlete, explorer and motivational speaker – www.lukerobertson.org
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. He is Explorer in Residence at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
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 can also be found trying to go fast on bikes and skis.
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. He has 6 years of business experience.
Endurance athlete and adventurer who can often be found running – www.hazelerobertson.com
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. She is Explorer in Residence at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.
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.
EXPLORE | EDUCATE | INSPIRE
Due North: Alaska is working in conjunction with Education Scotland and youth groups to develop a fully interactive and educational expedition that will engage young people across the globe. We are establishing a learning platform that will ensure legacy and reach that survives far beyond the lifetime of the expedition.
We want to get young people excited and inspired about the outdoors and the environment. Throughout the expedition we’ll be promoting ‘exciting learning’ by filming, blogging, blogging and updating social media, as well as hosting live Q&A sessions through GLOW.
Inspiring the next generation to become more involved in the outdoors through exploration is something that we’re very passionate about and is reflected in the visions and values of the expedition.
We want as many people as possible to join us and play a part in this world first expedition.
If you’d like to get involved then please contact us here.
Hazel and Luke are both Ambassadors for Marie Curie and have raised over £85,000 for the charity through previous challenges through www.justgiving.com/hazelandluke
They have met many of the nurses and volunteers who make such a difference to the lives of terminally ill patients and their families. Hazel and Luke are honoured to continue to raise funds for this amazing charity.
Please contact Hazel and Luke directly if you wish to make a corporate donation and they will put you in touch with Marie Curie directly.
Training for this expedition has included both physical and mental training.
The physical training is extensive and varied, including strength and conditioning, HIIT, yoga, trail running, road biking, kayaking and competing in endurance events (e.g. 156 mi Marathon des Sables). Hazel and Luke have also been tracking Heart Rate Variability (HRV), with support of their coach C Wilson Meloncelli to provide a more scientific approach to their training, ensuring it is optimised depending on their body's need. They are grateful to be supported by Nuffield Health gym in Edinburgh.
Mental training is essential for endurance events to ensure Hazel and Luke can excel under on-going stress (both mental and physical) and make rational and safe decisions in extreme environments. They have been working closely with C Wilson Meloncelli to build on their existing capabilities to tap into what's known as the "Flow State" more quickly and easily. The "Flow State" or "The Zone" is well-known by athletes, but is also the same state that musicians, artists, poets, writers, business executives all report while performing their skills to its optimal level. It's the place where performance is optimal and time disappears.
To tap into this state, Hazel and Luke have been doing a combination of passive and physical meditations (some as simple as juggling, others a more complex sequence of stick-based martial arts) whilst measuring their brain waves using new technology. They are learning simple techniques to enable them to quickly enter this state in their training and during the expedition