On January 13th 2016, after skiing completely solo, unassisted and unsupported for 39 days and 8 hours, Luke reached the bottom of the world, the South Pole. He had just become the first Scot, the Youngest Brit and the second youngest in history to achieve this feat. When Luke arrived at 90° South, he had skied over 730 miles (1175km), for 40 consecutive days, whilst climbing from sea level to a height of 9,000ft (c.2800m). He had just successfully completed an expedition and a challenge that less than 20 people in history have achieved.
With an international team of explorers, Luke travelled across remote and beautiful Eastern Greenland. Skiing over sea ice, on top of glaciers and through deep valleys, Luke and the team spent 15 days exploring a wild area of the world’s largest island. Beginning and ending in the small village of Kulusuk, they climbed untouched peaks amongst the rugged mountains in one of the last great wildernesses on the planet, while witnessing the spectacular Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) on a nightly basis.
Luke spent 10 days skiing solo across the Hardangervidda national park in Norway. Starting at the Polar Mecca of Finse, Luke dragged his sledge and all his equipment, completely solo, across this unspoilt wilderness. The high Arctic plateau of Eastern Norway, with its frozen lakes and committing hills, is famous for its links with the explorers of the Golden age of Polar Exploration, Amundsen and Scott both used this area as a training ground before venturing to Antarctica.