Rehabilitation Through Adventure

Team Denali: Update – Day 13

The team had a day of storms as expected, and a low ‘eye-of-the-hurricane’ kind of storm has kept them in their tents, which is frustrating but they all remain in high spirits! Strong winds are kicking up again with gusts of up to 100 kmph (60 mph) forecast and they are expecting heavy snow, upwards...
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Latest Update from Team Denali:

Rich has reported that the violent storm throughout the night has destroyed some of the tents and equipment: “I guess that’s why Denali is one of the toughest challenges on Earth… temperatures have plummeted to -20°C and conditions are pretty extreme at the mo. The team are digging out the tent and the storm is...
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Team Denali: Days 7 & 8

The team left camp early on Day 7 to pick up the cache they left near Kahiltna Pass. They had a tough day due to treacherous and near white-out conditions. The poor visibility meant the team had to move slowly and were roped-up the entire time. Jonnie stayed behind to take a rest day as...
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Team Denali: Days 5 & 6

After a delicious breakfast of pancakes, the team set off early on Day 5 to carry half of their kit and stores which would be cached at Camp 2. This proved to be a testing day for them, moving slowly in snow shoes over very steep ground and resting for 10 minutes every hour. They...
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Team Denali Update – Day 7:

The team have had a tough day today due to treacherous weather conditions. They left Camp 3 at 11,200ft earlier to pick up the cache they left near Kahiltna Pass. They have been moving slowly, continuously roped-up and wearing snow-shoes, in near white-out conditions. Jonnie stayed behind to take a rest day at camp. He...
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Update from Team Denali:

Yesterday (Day 5) the team carried loads up a long hill on the Kahiltna Glacier known as “Ski Hill.” They continued north to a spot just below Kahiltna Pass, a low point between Denali and the long, westernmost ridgeline of the Alaska Range that includes the peaks Kahiltna Dome and Mount Foraker. The team dug...
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Team Denali: Day 3 – Talkeetna

“Life is like a mountain…. hard to climb, but worth the amazing view from the top.” The team set off early on Day 3 for the 3 hour drive to Talkeetna where they have unloaded, organised, and weighed all of their equipment and supplies in preparation for the flight to the glacier. Everyone has registered...
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Team Denali – Day 2

The team arrived in Anchorage more than 24 hours after setting off from home. They settled in to their hotel for the night but some of the team had difficulty sleeping due to the time difference and jet lag, which causes fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones....
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Team Denali – Day 1

Months of training and preparation are at an end and the team are now on a plane heading for Alaska. 65 Degrees North Patron Jonathan Thomson met them at Heathrow Airport to wish them all good luck for their Denali summit attempt. Despite the 20-hour journey they had ahead of them, Team Denali were all...
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Meet Team Denali: Richard Morgan

Rich is a former Royal Marine Commando who served at 40 Commando, amongst other units, he deployed and was trained in Arctic and desert warfare and survival. Rich founded 65 Degrees North in 2014 when a team came together to help Peter Bowker, a former Lance Corporal in the Queen’s Dragoon Guards, realise his dream...
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Meet Team Denali: Brendan Davies

Brendan joined the Royal Marines at the age of 19. After successfully completing 30 weeks training he then served at 40 Commando where he was deployed on operational duties in Northern Ireland and The Adriatic. Other deployments included desert training in Oman and arctic warfare training in Norway. Whilst serving in the Royal Marines Brendan...
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Meet Team Denali: Scott Ransley

Scott, from West Yorkshire, joined the Royal Marines in 2008. After passing out he then went to 42 Commando where he deployed on several training packages such as mountain training and an America training package. Scott also completed a LRR course whilst he was at 42 Commando. In 2011 Scott deployed to Afghanistan with Lima...
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Meet Team Denali: Jonnie Miller

Jonnie joined the Royal Marines in 2008 and worked as a Reconnaissance Operator with 42 Commando. He deployed to Afghanistan on Herrick 14 and on exercises to the US, through the Med to the Middle East and Bahrain. During his deployment to Afghanistan Jonnie witnessed a number of IED strikes and treated friends in multiple...
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Meet Team Denali: Joe Winch

With a successful career and a young family, Joe felt he had achieved everything he had ever wanted, yet within just a few months his world catastrophically fell apart as he was struck down by acute Complex PTSD. Joe is determined to use his recovery pathway to both improve awareness of Complex PTSD, and the...
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Training for Denali…

In just 4 weeks time 65 Degrees North will be heading to Alaska where the team will attempt to summit Denali, the highest mountain in North America! They have recently completed a training and selection package in the Alps to prepare them for this brutal mountain which will be a true test of their personal...
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The Second Day at Sea…

A cold northerly wind greeted the team as they prepared to set sail for the second day of their adventure! They worked together to raise the sails and quickly felt the power of the wind drive them into a more boisterous sea than they had experienced the previous day. White topped waves occasionally washed the decks...
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The Leader ’18 Team Set Sail…

A team of wounded, injured and sick veterans embarked on a sailing endeavour aboard ‘The Leader’, a Brixham trawler built in 1892. Despite grey skies and the threat of rain, the team were in very high spirits as they climbed aboard this beautiful sailing vessel which will be their home for the next 6 days....
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#FollowTheFlag… The Homecoming!

The Flag and the team arrived back in the UK from their epic adventure to the ‘Roof of the Americas’: Mt Aconcagua! … and what an adventure it was! Their journey to the summit was not an easy one: they battled with doubts and fears, snowstorms, brutal winds, altitude sickness, difficult decisions and a hostile...
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#FollowTheFlag… The Summit!

At 6.30pm (GMT) on Sunday 21st January 2018 the Flag reached the summit of ‘The Roof of the Americas: Mt Aconcagua for the 2nd time! 65 Degrees North team members Rich and Brendan battled on for 10 hours through heavy snow and horrendous conditions, exhausted and emotionally battered from leaving Jason, Al and Danny behind,...
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#FollowTheFlag…. Post-Summit Update

Exhausted from their gruelling 14-hour day Rich, Brendan and the flag returned to an empty Camp Colera…   A turn of events meant a difficult decision was made to get the other team members to a much lower altitude. Al had suffered with Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) during his summit bid and it was crucial...
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#FollowTheFlag … THEY DID IT!!

Rich, Brendan and the Flag have made it to the ‘Roof of the Americas’!! At 6.30pm (GMT) on Sunday 21st January 2018 they stood on the summit of Mt Aconcagua proudly holding the same flag that Simon Brooke held on 31 December 1999 in celebration of the Millennium. They phoned Simon’s Mum and Dad, Mike...
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#FollowTheFlag… Summit Bid Update

Danny and Al’s journey to the ‘Roof of the Americas’ has ended at 6400m (20,997ft) They are understandably disappointed but the altitude has beaten them both… The brutal day yesterday has left them exhausted and physically unable to climb any higher. They are now heading back down towards Camp Colera to be reunited with Jason....
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#FollowTheFlag … The Summit Bid!

The flag and the team are on their way to the summit! Dave Pritt, our highly experienced mountain guide from Adventure Peaks made the difficult decision to stay behind with Jason. Unfortunately the altitude has got the better of Jason but he should feel incredibly proud of his achievement, and has battled his way to...
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#FollowTheFlag… Day 12

The flag and the team have arrived at Camp Colera! They are now settled in their tents at 6000m (19685ft) It has been brutal day with heavy snowfall and strong winds at times making their trek even more challenging. Carrying around 70lbs (30kg) whilst walking through deep snow for several hours has left them exhausted...
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#FollowTheFlag… Day 11

The team have spent Day 11 at Camp Guanacos acclimatising and preparing for their summit bid! Al handed the flag to Jason this morning and it has been their focus for much of the day knowing that they are now so close to completing this epic journey! The team made a phone call on Inmarsat‘s...
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#FollowTheFlag… Day 10

Beautiful blue skies and sunshine greeted the team on day 10 as they prepared to move to Camp Guanacos. They had all had a relatively good sleep and were feeling strong and determined. Rich handed the flag to Al, and after a hearty breakfast they packed their backpacks and once again made their way up...
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#FollowTheFlag… Day 9

The team set off this morning for Camp Guanacos (Camp 3) carrying all the food, kit and equipment that they will need for remainder of their ascent to the summit. The testing and difficult terrain proved challenging for the team as they navigated the loose scree, rocks, snow and ice up the steep col. Some...
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#FollowTheFlag…. Day 7

Last night the team ate their evening meal wearing their summit jackets as the temperature dropped drastically and the snow began to fall. It had mostly melted by the time the team had prepared their kit and eaten a nutritious breakfast to set them up for the long day ahead. It was another physically tough...
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#FollowTheFlag … Day 6 at Base Camp

The team enjoyed spectacular views of the mountains last night as a stunning sunset lit up the sky. The temperature dropped rapidly during the night and evidence of a light snowfall clung to the outside of the tents. Al handed Jason the flag this morning to keep close to him for another rest and acclimatisation...
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#FollowTheFlag… Day 5

The team were pleased to report that they all passed their medical last night and were declared fit to continue with the ascent. Al carefully packed Simon’s flag in his backpack this morning before they all set off at 8am for the moderately steep but steady climb towards Camp 1. It was a particularly tough...
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#FollowTheFlag… Base Camp

The team had a very early start on Day 3 of their journey to the ‘Roof of the Americas’ in an attempt to avoid the hottest part of the day where temperatures soared to 38°C. Brendan passed the flag to Danny for its onward journey to Base Camp. Danny admits that it was an emotional...
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#FollowTheFlag.. Day 2 on Mt Aconcagua

Brendan became the proud recipient of the flag today as the team prepared for their second day on the mountain. Once again they trekked for several hours in fierce temperatures and were relieved to reach the second camp (Casa Piedra 3250m). Jason admitted that he struggled yesterday as the intense heat was almost unbearable. He...
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The Flag Continues Its Journey…..

Beautiful blue skies greeted the team this morning as they prepared for the long day ahead of them. Jason became the proud recipient of the flag for the day as it continued its onward journey to Mt Aconcagua! It has kept them all motivated as they trekked for several hours in blistering hot sun through...
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The Flag Arrives in Mendoza…

A tired but excited team arrived in Mendoza almost 30 hours after setting off from their various locations around the UK. The flag was handed to Al this morning before they all went shopping for essential items needed for their summit attempt. The team are planning a live Facebook feed tomorrow at around 8.30pm (GMT)...
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The Raid 17 Team: The Final Day!

The team were packed, warmed-up and ready to leave Ax-Les-Thermes by 8.30am. A huge 154km stood between them and the Mediterranean Sea where they would complete their epic coast-to-coast challenge. They had four big climbs ahead of them first which began with a gruelling 2001m climb to the top of the Port de Pailhères. Despite...
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The Raid 17 Team: Day 6

A cold but beautiful morning greeted the team as they prepared to set off on the penultimate day of their epic coast-to-coast challenge. The climb to the top of the first Col began gently but the long winding road soon grew steeper, and a biting cold wind made it even more challenging. The riders emerged...
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Raid 17 Team: Day 5

Despite the rain and a few aches and pains the team set off with huge smiles on their faces and a strong determination to continue their epic adventure together. The relatively short 80km distance from Luchon to St Giron took the team through the beautiful misty mountains as they approached Col des Ares which was...
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The Raid 17 Team – Day 4: Part 2

The team were rewarded with spectacular sunny views after another long hard push to the top of Col d’Aspin where lunch awaited them. Despite several punctured tyres and the constantly changing temperatures everyone was in very high spirits as they set off for the third and final Col of the day. A steep and treacherous...
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The Raid 17 Team: Day 2

The team set off in two groups to give Chris a head start on his hand-bike. The weather was kinder with sunshine and showers and they enjoyed some stunning views along the way. The team covered a modest 80km and climbed 4,106ft but hit the first severe, although relatively short climb which gave them a...
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Meet the Raid 17 Team: Chris Hawes

In September 2017 a team of wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women will be attempting to cycle some of the toughest roads in the Pyrenees. Team member Chris will be using a hand-bike to complete the gruelling coast-to-coast ride, which will be his biggest challenge to date. Chris joined the Royal Air Force in...
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Preparing for Raid ’17…

Sports Science experts from Swansea University put the Raid 17 team through gruelling fitness tests in the labs at the University’s Bay Campus. The Sports Science team led by Prof Liam Kilduff, Dr Kelly Mackintosh and Dr Melitta McNarry are helping prepare the Raid 17 team for the 720km coast-to-coast bike ride across the Pyrenees...
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An Invitation to Swansea University Bay Campus

The team were delighted to receive an invitation from Prof. Gareth Stratton, Head of School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, to be Guest Speakers at the formal launch at Swansea University Bay Campus. The collaboration between 65 Degrees North and Swansea University began in 2014 when leading researchers and sports science experts helped the team...
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Raid 17 Training – Day 1

On Saturday March 4th the team flew to Portugal, along with a collection of bikes and hand-bikes, to undertake a week-long of intensive training for ‘Raid 17’. Today proved to be quite challenging and they cycled approximately 80km, experiencing varied terrain and road surfaces, and occasional warm rain. The team have just 6 months to...
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‘Prince Harry Congratulates the Team’.

Prince Harry has sent his personal congratulations to the 65 Degrees North team for their successful unsupported climb of Antarctica’s highest peak. The team were absolutely delighted to receive his letter when they arrived back in the UK. Prince Harry wrote in the letter: “Huge congratulations to the 65 Degrees North team for conquering the...
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Update From High Camp…

*1800hrs Saturday January 14th 2017 Rich phoned with an update from Mt Vinson…. “We are now at high camp (c3,750m/12,300ft) with views of Mt Shinn opposite. We have had two very tough days carrying heavy weights up the mountain. The plan is to go for the summit attempt tomorrow which will take around 12 hours...
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Today is Tom’s Birthday..

Tom has spent his birthday in one of the coldest, most remote places on our planet! Not many people get to spend their birthday on Antarctica’s highest peak .. but during this expedition, 3 of the team will wake up on their birthday on this mountain!! Danny’s birthday is on Sunday, followed by Flo’s on...
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Update From the Mountain..

*Wednesday 11th January at 11.30pm Rich called from Mt Vinson with the latest update from the team: “We have just reached Camp 1 (2,770m/9,100ft) and have pitched the tents after a particularly challenging morning negotiating the crevasses and seracs. We are just having some food and morale is high… the mountain is HUGE!!! Weather conditions...
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Posted by 65 Degrees North on Monday, 9 January 2017

Live Updates From Antarctica….

Posted by 65 Degrees North on Monday, 9 January 2017 Shortly after landing in Antarctica the team broadcast a live video via the iSatHub. The essential safety and communications kit provided by Inmarsat means we will be able to continue to share every step of the journey as it progresses. We are looking forward to keeping you...
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The BIG Expedition sets off

The #BigFridayShow have been following 65 Degrees North on their BIG Expedition to Antarctica, check out the fundraising team before they set off and follow their progress between 4-7pm UK time on BFBS Radio!

Posted by BFBS Radio on Friday, 6 January 2017

BFBS Radio Are Following the Team’s Progress..

The BIG Expedition sets off The #BigFridayShow have been following 65 Degrees North on their BIG Expedition to Antarctica, check out the fundraising team before they set off and follow their progress between 4-7pm UK time on BFBS Radio! Posted by BFBS Radio on Friday, 6 January 2017   Hal Stewart on BFBS and Jay James...
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