World’s first unsupported crossing of the Greenland ice cap by an amputee

Aconcagua – The Team

Brendan Davies
Brendan joined the Royal Marines at the age of 19. 
After successfully completing 30 weeks training he then served at 40 Commando where he was deployed on operational duties in Northern Ireland and The Adriatic. Other deployments included desert training in Oman and arctic warfare training in Norway.
 
Whilst serving in the Royal Marines Brendan suffered serious spinal injuries which resulted in hospitalisation and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Following his discharge he suffered with periods of depression and anxiety having left a job he loved. These were his dark times and this was to shape his next few years where he was forced to seek help and treatment
 
Brendan has a passion for the outdoors and spends much of his spare time on the Brecon Beacons. Since leaving the Royal Marines he has worked for the local authority and is a proud dad of two sons.
 
 
Jez Scarratt

Jez joined the Royal Marines in 1975. He served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and Belize and deployed to Norway 3 times where he trained in Mountain and Arctic warfare.In 1982 he lost his leg in a road traffic accident and was medically discharged in 1990.

Jez has had a longstanding passion for the outdoors and cycling has been a big part of his life. He has competed in many cycling endurance races including many 24 hour solo mountain bikes races.

Since losing his leg Jez has had to adapt. He has re-learnt how to ski, taken up free-fall parachuting and recently completed Raid17 with the team of 65 Degrees North.

Aconcagua will present a completely new challenge for Jez and he looks forward to being part of the team.

Jason Gillespie

Jason joined the 1st Battalion of the 22nd Cheshire regiment in 2007 aged 17. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 on Herrick 12. During this long, very busy and difficult tour Jason sustained injuries and had to be medically evacuated.

In 2013 Jason was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) soon after being medically discharged due to his injuries. He continues to have treatment but, after a long and slow process, feels that he is finally moving in the right direction.

Cycling has become a big part of Jason’s life both physically and mentally and he recently completed the Raid 17 challenge with the 65DN team. He wants to show others that, despite the challenges he faces, it is possible to use the things that have altered his life and turn them into positives.

 

Chris Good

Chris joined the Parachute Regiment in 1993 and subsequently has to date served in numerous operational tours of duty, in a wide variety of theatres worldwide. He has completed several arctic warfare deployments to Norway. The lure of extreme outdoor pursuits has always existed within him.

In 2016 Chris sustained significant injuries whilst parachuting. Access to numerous rehabilitation avenues has aided in his swift recovery and he continues to make significant rehabilitation progress by participating in opportunities such as recently completing Raid 17 with 65 Degrees North. Chris feels fortunate and privileged to have the opportunity to join the Aconcagua expedition team and is relishing the challenges ahead of them all.

 

Danny Claricoates

Danny joined the Royal Marines in 2003. On completion of training he was drafted to 42 Commando RM just outside of Plymouth and quickly specialised as a Reconnaissance Operator.

Danny deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 for Operation Herrick 5 and it was for actions during this deployment that saw him awarded the Military Cross. Once home and after a second deployment to Norway he was drafted to Stonehouse Barracks, also in Plymouth, to join Brigade Patrol Troop. Danny quickly re-deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Herrick 9 this time with troop being part of the larger Brigade Reconnaissance Force. It was during this tour Danny witnessed an event which, along with events from his first tour, would see him being diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Danny was medically discharged in 2011.

He now spends his time working on his own business delivering outdoor activities to young people as well as taking part in outdoor freelance work. Danny successfully summited Kilimanjaro in February 2016 and Mt. Vinson in January 2017 with the team of 65 Degrees North. 

Richard Morgan

Rich is a former Royal Marine Commando, who served at 40 Commando amongst other units, he deployed and was trained in Arctic and desert warfare and survival.
 
He led Heroes Challenge UK; a UK endurance record that set a British first; an endurance record completed over 10 days. He went on to lead the five-week expedition that saw Peter Bowker become the ‘First Amputee’ to cross the Greenland ice cap unsupported!
 
He has since led an expedition to summit Mount Kilimanjaro which achieved a full team summit success and, in January 2017, he stood on the summit of the ‘Top of the Bottom of the World’ when he led an unsupported team to climb Mt Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak. He has led training packages on the Mont Blanc Massif in preparation for Antarctica and Aconcagua with the 65DN support team.