Rehabilitation Through Adventure

Antarctica Bound!!

The team have boarded their plane and are Antarctica bound! The Russian Ilyushin IL-76 TD will fly them over 3000km to one of the coldest, most hostile and remote continents on our planet. The IL-76 was originally conceived for delivering heavy machinery to remote, poorly-serviced areas of the USSR and is capable of coping with...
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Preparation in Punta Arenas… Part 2

A complete kit check for each team member has taken up the remainder of the day. All the equipment, clothing and kit have been unpacked, thoroughly inspected by experienced mountain guide Martin Doyle from Adventure Peaks and organised in readiness for the transfer to the coldest, most remote place on Earth! The team would like...
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Preparation in Punta Arenas… Part 1

The team spent a chilly and overcast morning in Punta Arenas sourcing the fresh food and snacks they will need for Antarctica. The afternoon was was then spent removing all the packaging, preparing and organising their food into portions, and packing it into boxes.  The essential communications kit provided by Inmarsat and the solar chargers provided by...
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30 Hours Later….

The team have arrived in Punta Arenas after almost 30 hours travelling! Tomorrow will be spent making final preparation and equipment checks, and purchasing the fresh produce and supplies that they require for this extreme expedition to the ‘Top of the Bottom of the World’!

Live From Brazil!

The team have boarded their 3rd plane in the last 24 hours. They are now flying to Punta Arenas and should arrive at their hotel around 10pm tonight. This morning, between flights in Brazil, Rich managed to speak to Dot Davies on BBC Radio Wales You can listen to the interview on the BBC iPlayer...
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Team have landed in Brazil!

The team have been travelling all night and have just landed in Brazil where they will catch another flight to Chile. They will hopefully be catching up with Dot Davies on BBC Radio Wales between flights. Tune in from 9.30am to listen http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiowales

TV and Radio Interviews..

The team have lots of radio and TV interviews scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday January 4th)! Danny will be chatting live on: The breakfast show at 7.30am on BBC Radio Cornwall >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiocornwall With Gordon Sparks on BBC Radio Devon at 8.20am >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/radiodevon and will feature on Spotlight on BBC1 tomorrow evening between 6.30pm and 7pm >> http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b085fd30...
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Inmarsat Provides Complete Support Package Again..

We are delighted to announce that Inmarsat, the leading provider of mobile satellite communications, has once again offered the team their complete support. The package they are providing will unquestionably enhance the safety of the team and the success of this demanding challenge to the coldest, most hostile continent on Earth. The IsatPhone2, IsatHub and BGAN will enable us to maintain...
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2016: Another Immense Year!

2016 has been another immense year filled with so many special moments and memories. The highs and lows, tears and laughter, hard work, training and planning were all worth it when ‘Team Kili’ stood on the summit of Kilimanjaro, the World’s highest free-standing mountain. It was also a sad year as we lost our dear...
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Packing for Mont Blanc …

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...
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It’s Real…

It’s real… Antarctica’s paperwork is now signed and completed by the team! In just 4 months time 65 Degrees North will set out to summit one of the coldest, most remote places on Earth: Antarctica’s Mount Vinson. This expedition will test the fortitude and resilience of the team to their absolute limits in an environment so hostile...
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A Rare and Special Man…

 Alan Olding RM (16.05.43 – 18.07.16) It is with great sadness that we announce our Patron and dearest friend Al Olding died peacefully, following a short battle with cancer, on Monday 18th July 2016. He leaves behind his wife Mo, daughters Amber, Danielle and Saffron, grandchildren Amelia and Archie, and Team 65DN who will continue his vision to assist wounded veterans in their...
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‘A Very Special Band of Mothers’

Inspired by the challenges that the Team of 65 Degrees North have recently achieved despite physical and mental disabilities, a ‘Very Special Band of Mothers’ from all over the UK prepared to take on the epic 24km ‘Fan Dance Challenge’ Despite grey skies and a damp start to the morning the ‘Royal Marines Mums’ were...
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‘Conquering Kili’

In February 2016 five injured Royal Marines and five female Police Officers from South Wales joined 65DN for their new exciting challenge ‘Conquering Kili’ ‘Team Kili’ climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain, to raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity. At 5,985m high it is also the highest mountain on the African continent....
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‘Conquering Kili’ ~ Day 2

A beautiful morning greeted the team when they woke at 6am for a hearty breakfast and packed their day sacks ready for their second day on the world’s highest freestanding mountain. A formal greeting from the porters was followed by song & dance; leaving the team feeling uplifted and in high spirits despite lack of...
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‘Conquering Kili’ ~ Day 1

An excited Team Kili left the hotel for the transfer to Londorosi Gate for Day 1 of ‘Conquering Kili’ The team ate lunch and had their bags weighed-in before their first trek to Murami Camp on the world’s highest freestanding mountain. Clear skies and sunshine meant the team enjoyed some breath-taking views of a snow-capped...
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Danny’s Story

Danny joined the Royal Marines in 2003 at the age of 17. As a child he was always happiest running about in the woods and looking for adventure. It was his dream to be a Royal Marine Commando and he was under no illusion about the realities of war. Upon completion of training he was...
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‘Conquering Kili’

65 Degrees North will be joined by 5 injured Royal Marines and 5 female Police Officers from South Wales for their next exciting challenge ‘Conquering Kili’ In February 2016 ‘Team Kili’ will climb Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest freestanding mountain, to raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity. At 5,985m high it is also the highest...
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‘Nomination for the Pride of Britain Award’

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Peter has been nominated for a Pride of Britain Award! The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards celebrate the achievements of truly remarkable people who make our world a better place. Peter’s nomination film will feature on ITV Wales at Six on Thursday September 10th at 6pm.

‘An Invitation to No. 11 Downing Street’

Peter and the team were invited to No.11 Downing Street to meet George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer. It was an opportunity to discuss the details of the expedition and to thank the Chancellor for his much needed personal and financial support given to the ‘World’s First Unsupported Crossing of the Greenland Ice Cap by...
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‘A Visit to Ogmore Vale Primary’

        Peter and the team went along to meet the children at Ogmore Vale Primary school who raised a phenomenal £1500 for ‘Our Charity of Choice’ Help for Heroes by taking part in a sponsored walk pulling tyres The children gave an excellent presentation and it was a delight to meet them...
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‘A Huge Thank You To Our Title Sponsors’

Peter went along to the Carmarthen Showground this week to say a huge thank you to our Title Sponsors the ‘All Wales Truck & Transport Show‘ Peter had the opportunity to meet Chairman of the All Wales Truck & Transport Show Gavin Griffiths, Gareth Jones (Treasurer), Hywel Mason (Committeeman), John Anderson (Committeeman) to discuss the details of...
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‘Day 13…. Exploring DYE II’

The team arrived at DYE II at 10.29hrs local time, on Day 13 of their epic trek, 3 days later than planned but in very high spirits! At 2,200 metres above sea level this deserted American radar station resembles a science-fiction film set, towering 30 metres into the sky, in the middle of a frozen...
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‘First Week on the Ice Cap is Complete!’

Peter and the team smashed an epic 29km on Day 7 of this World First Record attempt across the Greenland Ice Cap! Unfortunately the extreme conditions and long hours skiing have caused some painful blood blisters on Peter’s stump which Team Doctor Meinir is managing. If Peter’s amputated limb continues to deteriorate Dr Meinir will...
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‘Katabatic Wind and Blisters….’

The team smashed 24km on Day 4 of their epic trek across the Ice Cap and they reached ‘Dog Camp’, just beyond the crevasse zone. Team morale was extremely high despite battling against energy sapping katabatic winds, difficult terrain and sore hands and feet. Day 5 began at about 5am and the team put skis...
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‘First Breathtaking Images from the Ice cap’

Peter and the team have made excellent progress through the treacherous ice field. They have been tested physically and mentally but are enjoying the challenges of this spectacular environment. They have completed their third day on the Ice Cap and are in high spirits and all feeling strong and confident.

‘The Reality of This Epic Challenge’

After a hearty breakfast on Saturday the team left Kangerlussuaq (Søndre Strømfjord) and were driven about 30km to the spectacular edge of the ice cap, known as Point 660, passing the magnificent Russell Glacier along the way. They skied for about 8 hours before setting up camp for their first night on the ice cap!...
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‘What It Is All For….’

With just a few hours to go until the start of the World First Record Attempt we would like to remind you what it is all for…. At the age of 21, Peter was injured whilst on patrol in Afghanistan and sustained devastating life changing injuries which left him needing complex surgery and rehabilitation after...
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‘Final Kit Inspection!’

Senior Patron Major General Andy Keeling CB CBE RM, and Mrs Woppy Keeling, former British Olympian and cross-country skier, joined the team at the hub for a final kit inspection.   Using their vast experience and knowledge the kit selection was scrutinised and we are very pleased to say that we passed!   The team...
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‘Norway Training…. Challenging Conditions’

The last day of camping in the Norwegian mountains provided the team with challenging conditions. They packed up their pulks and headed back to the log cabin in biting winds. Reduced visibility made it more difficult to navigate the difficult terrain and judge the steepness of slopes. The team’s fortitude and determination was fully tested...
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‘Norway Training…… Medical Exercise’

After a morning practising cooker and tent skills the team packed their pulks and headed for the mountains led by their guide Helge, affectionately known as ‘H’. The team’s capacity to respond to an emergency situation was put to the test when a medical exercise was initiated by H falling over. Team Doctor Meinir assessed...
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‘The 5-Strong Team Arrive in Norway’

After a long day of travelling the team arrived at the cabin where they spent their first night together as the 5-strong team that will cross the Greenland ice cap in May.   A beautiful sunrise greeted them the next morning as they prepared for their first training session with their guide Svante.    ...
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‘Research Experts Supporting 65 Degrees North’

An incredible team of research experts are supporting 65 Degrees North to ensure the best possible chance of accomplishing the World First Record attempt. The research experts at Swansea University, which includes Patron Associate Professor Dr Liam Kilduff, are offering support with physical and mental fitness, nutritional care and sleep pattern monitoring, all of which...
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