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.
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.