65 Degrees North will be heading to Mont Blanc next month for final team training where they will refine the vital skills required to climb to ‘the top of the bottom of the world’!
They will be be familiarising themselves with much of the kit and equipment that they will use for the Mt Vinson summit attempt.
The team will need to be competent in the mountaineering skills required for Antarctica which includes ice axe arrest, glacier travel whist roped up, crevasse rescue and high altitude living and sleeping.
The successful summit attempt to Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, in February 2016 fully tested the team for their ability to function at high altitude.
They will need to be in a strong physical condition to cope with carrying and hauling heavy loads for up to 12 hours a day, and be prepared for the extremely cold and harsh conditions, the ferocious winds and many days climbing at altitude.
65 Degrees North seeks to help in the rehabilitation of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) servicemen and women by offering the opportunity to participate in challenging adventure.
The team are undertaking this extreme challenge to raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity which provides the best possible through life charitable support for the Royal Marines, their families, veterans and cadets.
To find out more about the charity please visit https://theroyalmarinescharity.org.uk
If you would like to donate to our ‘Charity of Choice’ please visit https://www.justgiving.com/65DN/
Or Text GRIT65 (£amount) to 70070*
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