In 2013 he also completed the Heroes Challenge UK (HCUK) alongside Rich and Kirk. At the age of 21, Peter was injured whilst on patrol in Afghanistan and sustained devastating life changing injuries which left him needing complex surgery and rehabilitation after the amputation of his right leg.
He chooses not to to be defined by his injuries and his focus is to inspire and encourage others to participate in sport and adventurous challenges.
Rich is a former Royal Marines Commando who served at several units, firstly at 40 Commando. He led the Heroes Challenge UK team which recorded a British first: an endurance effort completed over 10 days.
Rich has a passion for the outdoors – his passions extend to skiing the back country and diving. He enjoys the team work and challenges that present themselves through his day to day working life with the Police Service.
His passion for the outdoors and a keen interest in the British Armed Services saw him become a member of the Army Cadet Force in his teens. Kirk spent 13 years in the Royal Engineers as a Combat Engineer and his Army experience gave him exposure to expeditions in places ranging from the Falkland Islands to Canada to the Swiss Alps.
Kirk is a qualified civilian Summer Mountain Leader and a Mountain Bike Leader and is working towards his winter Mountain Leader qualification.
Jon is currently working as an Accident and Emergency Doctor in South Wales. He has a keen interest in acute emergency medicine and pre hospital care. In his spare time Jon volunteers with the Wales air ambulance, St Johns and the Police Service as a Special Constable.
A keen walker, Jon is often found on top of Pen y Fan with his two dogs.
He has an experienced background in martial arts and was the team doctor for HCUK and the UK doctor for the successful Greenland crossing by Pete and the team! Jon lives in Swansea with his wife and growing farm of animals.
Discovering a passion for dance at the age of 12 Leesa embarked on a dance career which took her to London, Denmark, Germany and Greece. A desire to provide stability for her son brought her home to be close to family and her current job in a community library which she relishes.
A chance meeting in 2013 came at the most perfect time, as depleted energy levels following treatment for breast cancer in 2011 were at an all time high and Leesa was ready to take on a new challenge!
This challenge came in the form of becoming 65DN’s Media Officer and the very privileged position of documenting and sharing every step of the epic World First Record for Peter and the team. Leesa feels particularly passionate about the Conquering Kili challenge as her Dad ended his own life after a long battle with depression.
65 Degrees North were joined by 5 injured Royal Marines and 5 female Police Officers from South Wales Police and collectively became one team ...'Team Kili'!
Team Kili successfully 'Conquered Kili' and raised funds for the Royal Marines Charity, which provides a better quality of life to serving and retired Royal Marines and their families.
Changing the perception of physical and mental disability through the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ 65DN aim to inspire and motivate others to overcome, achieve and succeed.
Conquering Kili was undertaken to promote disability awareness and recognise the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Many sufferers do not recognise their symptoms or realise they are treatable, others try to hide it because they feel ashamed and as a consequence their situation deteriorates.
PTSD is a normal reaction to extreme trauma and it is vital to de-stigmatise this condition in order for sufferers to seek early diagnosis and treatment.