65 Degrees North fly out to Norway for latest challenging expeditionPublished Monday, 13th March 2023
The latest 65 Degrees North expedition has flown out to Norway to ski the 140km across the Hardangervidda - a six-day venture involving six WIS (wounded, injured and sick) service personnel and veterans.
This is a unique expedition for 65DN, as for the first time, it involves representatives from all three of the services - Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.
65 Degrees North CEO, Richard Morgan MBE said: “We are delighted to be able to put together this latest mission under the expert guidance of George Matthews and his team.
“As always, this will be a challenge for the team members but one that will be fulfilling and a great opportunity.”
Hardangervidda is famous for its links with the 'Heroes of Telemark’, depicting the World War Two raid on the heavy water plant in Rjukan, and was also used as a train ground for the great Polar explorer Roald Amundsen.
Team leader George Matthews put in to perspective the challenges that face the expedition.
“Winter on the Plateau can be an unforgiving place with deep snow, high winds and extremely low temperatures (temperatures of minus 20 degrees centigrade are not unusual).
“The 140km crossing will take us six days using the well-established Norwegian Hut system. A good degree of physical and mental endurance are essential in this testing environment and the crossing will require discipline and teamwork.”
After a few days acclinatising the group set out on their mission on Friday March 17 and and are expected to complete the challenge on March 22.
The Team will consists of: Georgie Smith, Ruth Lanckham, Craig Skinner, Lee Spencer, Sean Gane and Ray Evans, with the Support Team including: George Matthews (Team Leader), Billy Baxter, Ross Matthews, Ben Clark (Team Doctor).