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.
 
Prof David Shearer

davidDavid is a Professor 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.

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, psychological/physical factors related to recovery, and psychological factors underpinning extreme sport.

Dr Kelly Mackintosh

Kelly is a senior lecturer at Swansea University. Much of her work focuses on the promotion of physical activity and exercise in clinical and hard to reach populations. Whilst much of this stems from their principle motivation, she is mainly interested in the associated energy expenditure and indeed health benefits or implications.

Recent work has strengthened on-going collaborations with Sport Wales, with annual testing for several sports, such as Hockey Wales and Rowing Wales. Kelly’s passion lies in the integration of technology to track exercise behaviours, or performance, and allow real-time feedback for the athlete, coach, or researcher. Her role for 65 Degrees North is to assist in the physiological testing, particularly those surrounding fitness.

Dr Melitta Mcnarry

Melitta is a senior lecturer at Swansea University where she researches the influence of physical activity and exercise training on the cardiometabolic health of paediatric and clinical populations.

With a key focus on the cardiorespiratory response to exercise and its interaction with growth, maturation and disease, Melitta works with national sports teams and governing bodies to develop appropriate training recommendations for performance and long-term health.

Her role for 65 Degrees North is to conduct physiological testing to inform training preparations for upcoming challenges.

 

Dr Jonathan Lambley

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.

Leesa Harrison

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. Leesa has accompanied the 65DN team on training packages to the Mont Blanc Massif to photograph and record the team during their training packages for Antarctica and Aconcagua.

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.