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

Mt. Vinson – The Team

Danny

Danny newDanny 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 with the team of 65 Degrees North.

Flo

Flo newFlo, Cpl James Nightingale, joined the Royal Marines in September 1997. Through his time in the military he has been awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery and completed two tours of Afghanistan where he was unfortunately injured by a gunshot wound to the face in 2009.

He continues to work hard on his rehabilitation and was recently a member of the British Military team at the inaugural Invictus Games. In April 2015 he was a member of a team that completed the last degree to the North Pole, raising over £100,000 for the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Flo successfully summited Kilimanjaro in February 2016 with the team of 65 Degrees North.

Kirk

kirkKirk was one of the Ice Team Members who successfully crossed the Greenland Ice Cap in June 2015 and reached the summit of Kilimanjaro in February 2016.

Prior to joining the 65DN, Kirk spent 13 years in the Royal Engineers as a Combat Engineer and his Army experience allowed him to take part in adventure training in places ranging from the Falkland Islands to Canada and the Swiss Alps.

Kirk is a qualified civilian Mountain Leader and Mountain Bike Leader and is currently working towards his International Mountain Leader qualification. As well as using his knowledge of the outdoors, Kirk is also the communications lead when the team are on expedition.

Kirk met Rich in 2012 when he was invited to join the successful Heroes Challenge UK. He has enjoyed his experiences with 65 Degrees North and he looks forward to continuing to help veterans overcome the challenges they face as a result of their service.

Tom

TomTom is a serving Captain in the Royal Marines and Mountain Leader based at 42 Commando in Bickleigh, Plymouth. He is keen on expeditions of all kinds having rowed the Atlantic and climbed Mont Blanc. He has experience of extreme cold weather and the Arctic.

Tom is an enthusiastic snowboarder and skier, enjoying everything adventurous.

 

 

 

Rich

Rich NewRich, the Expedition Lead is a former Royal Marine Commando, who served at 40 Commando amongst other units, he went on several deployments, was trained in desert warfare and survival.  He later deployed to Norway where he took tuition on all aspects of Arctic, cold weather warfare and survival techniques, which to this day he values.

Rich 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 and achieved full team summit success. Rich has international honours as a canoeist and is a keen diver.