Matty McNair


Role

Expedition Lead Guide

Experience

 Leader of 3 Arctic/Polar expedition to the North Pole, and 4 to the South Pole. 40 years’ experience as an outdoor experiential educator, including 22 years with Outward Bound.

WHAT 3 THINGS CAN YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT ON THE TRIP?

Respect, Honesty, Companions

WHAT WILL YOU MISS FROM HOME?

I’ll miss dinners with friends, making art, dog sledding and my son, Eric. (Can’t miss my daughter, as she is on this trip with me!)

Matty-McNair-Bio

BIO

Famous Polar explorer Matty McNair is one of the most renowned and experienced polar guides in the world. She has led numerous record-breaking expeditions, including in the slowest ski expedition to the North Pole in 74 days and the fastest skiing/dog sledding to the North Pole in 36 days and unsupported expedition to the South Pole and return by kite ski.

Personal achievements include:

• 1990 Did a 4,000 km dog sled journey around Baffin Island
• 1997 leading the first ever all-female ski expedition to the Geographic North Pole.
• 2002/03 and 2003/4 she led two ski-all-the-way expeditions to the South Pole.
• 2004/2005 completed an unsupported and un-resupplied ski expedition to the South Pole, with her children Sarah and Eric, who became the youngest persons to ski to the South Pole. They then kite-skied back in 17 days, a world record for a couple of years.
• 2005 Lead the Baryclays Capital North Pole expedition, with two teams of Canadian Eskimo dogs, reaching the North Pole in a world record of 36 days, proving that it was possible for Peary to have done these speeds in 1909.
• 2007 drove a dogsled with Richard Hammond in a race to the 1996 location of the North Magnetic Pole as part of Top Gear: Polar Special.
• She is the first Canadian to ski to both the North and South Poles.

WHY ANTARCTICA2?

I want to help Manon reach her dream.  We first met in 2006 under the Eiffel Tower, to talk about her dream of driving a tractor to the South Pole.  Two years later, I joined Manon in Cape Town to see her finished her drive.  Then in 2009 Manon came to Baffin Island to participate in the NorthWinds Extreme Polar Training.

Matty during Iceland training

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL BE THE TOUGHEST PART OF THE EXPEDITION?

Keep the group laughing through all the glitches and frustrations that every expedition, no matter how well prepared, trip over.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR TOUGHEST CHALLENGE SO FAR?

Keeping up my faith that it will work out in the end.