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

Support Team

John Barry

j-barryJohn is an ex-Royal Marine Captain and former Commanding officer of the Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre.

He is a highly experienced mountaineer who has led expeditions in all of the seven continents and can claim first ascents in five of them.  Everest, Vinson, Denali, K2, Eiger North Face and a host of other well-known mountains all feature on his CV.
 
In 1978 John was appointed Director of The National Mountaineering Centre, Plas y Brenin, in North Wales – a post he held for seven years.
 
He has written extensively about mountaineering and is the author of six books on the subject. He has been advisor to, and originator of, a number of TV documentaries.
 
John joins 65 Degrees North as its high mountain advisor.
 
David Shearer

davidDavid Shearer is a Reader in Sport Psychology at the University of South Wales and a HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. He consults extensively as an applied sport psychologist in a wide range of elite sports both in the UK and abroad. He has worked with GB Swimming, Swim Wales, GB Shooting, England Shooting, GB Wheelchair Basketball, Sport Wales and the Finnish Olympic Committee. For 65 Degrees North, David advises team members how to maximise their performance while undergoing extreme challenge, and how their experiences can translate to everyday live. 

David has published extensively on a range of topics in sport science and psychology, and specialises in elite performance research on team dynamics (e.g., collective efficacy), psychological/physical factors related to recovery (e.g., mood, sleep, hormones) and psychological factors underpinning extreme sport participation. He is the Performance Psychology Lead for the Welsh Institute of Performance Science which aims to conduct performance solution driven research to aid Welsh athletes perform at both commonwealth and Olympic games 

His own sport history includes competitive swimming and rugby in his youth, and now he is an obsessed rock-climber, runner, and when he gets the chance – skier.

Meinir

Meinir newMeinir is a GP with an interest in Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine. She draws on a wealth of knowledge, coming from 8 years’ experience in emergency and trauma medicine in Australia, United Kingdom and Ireland.

Affectionately known within the team as MJ, she was chosen as the Medic for Team Wales at the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010, she looked after both able-bodied and disabled athletes for 4 years post Delhi. More recently MJ was the doctor for the successful Greenland crossing for Pete Bowker and the Team of 65DN in May 2015.

She continues her support for 65DN in their next expedition to conquer Antarctica’s Mount Vinson.

Peter

Pete newPeter was 15 years old and still in school when he successfully applied to join the British Army and the Queens Dragoon Guards.  Peters’ ambition and leadership was recognised early and he became the youngest non-commissioned officer at his unit. He deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. At the age of 21, Peter was injured whilst on patrol in Afghanistan by an IED (road side bomb), and sustained devastating life changing injuries, multiple complex fractures to his right foot, ankle, heel and a fractured femur in seven places, resulting in his femur being shortened by 7 cm which saw him needing complex and pioneering surgery following the amputation of his lower right leg.

In 2012 the reality set in, Peter was discharged from the Army and has since used his time to help others.  His focus is to inspire those around him to never look back and display courage and humility in the challenges that lie ahead.  2013 saw Peter achieve a new British record with Heroes Challenge UK (HCUK), work with the Prince’s Trust and become a PADI diving instructor. 

He successfully became the first amputee to cross the Greenland Ice cap, unsupported with the team of 65 Degrees North.

Leesa

Leesa newLeesa was provided with the opportunity to become 65DN’s Media Officer, and take up the very privileged position of documenting and sharing every step of the epic World First Record attempt across the Greenland Ice Cap by Peter Bowker and the team, after a chance meeting with expedition lead Rich in December 2013.

She experienced her first expedition when she joined the team for the ‘Conquering Kili’ challenge and documented the emotional journey live from Mount Kilimanjaro. More recently Leesa travelled to Mont Blanc to photograph and record the team during their training package for Antarctica.

These incredible experiences have given her an appetite for adventure and an even greater desire to support 65DN and help them achieve their objective to inspire and motivate others.

Jon

Jon newJon 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 successfully summited Kilimanjaro as part of the ‘Conquering Kili’ team in February 2016.