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POLAR MEDAL AWARDED TO SCOTTISH SKIER
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Myrtle Simpson is described as the 'mother of Scottish skiing' and has been awarded the medal by Prince William at Buckingham Palace. NEW

She is a legend of Scotland's climbing and skiing communities.

Myrtle Simpson was born in Aldershot and now lives in the Cairngorms.

She has been recognised for achievements in the Arctic.

In the 1960s she became the first woman to ski across Greenland with four others on an unsupported expedition. 

She is also known as the "mother of Scottish skiing" by playing a part in establishing Scotland's first ski centres, including CairnGorm near Aviemore.
 
She was awarded the medal back on January as we reported at the time and now she has been to Buckingham Palace to collect the medal.

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The medal is approved by The Queen and awarded to people who have undertaken expeditions in extreme hardship.

We have reported on her life and exploits in the past here on PlanetSKI when she was awarded the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture back in 2013. 

-  She went on her first expedition to the Arctic in the 1960s.

-  She was the first woman to ski across Greenland.

-  She attempted to ski to the North Pole in 1969, getting further than any other woman.

-  Her husband was her companion on all her Arctic expeditions

- She is an experienced climber and has completed routes in Scotland as well New Zealand, Peru and China.        

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