Greenland 2015Published Thursday, 4th June 2015
World First Record: Crossing the Greenland Ice Cap
At 01.36am on June 4th 2015 Peter Bowker, an amputee from the recent conflict in Afghanistan, and the team of 65 Degrees North successfully recorded the:
“WORLD’S FIRST UNSUPPORTED CROSSING OF THE GREENLAND ICE CAP BY AN AMPUTEE”
65 Degrees North pitted their resolve and steadfast determination against the fearsome environment of the Greenland ice cap. They relied on fitness and mental grit to overcome temperatures of -37°c and the ever present threat of fatigue and resident polar bears.
The unsupported team covered the near 600km (372 miles) crossing of the ice cap from Kangerlussuaq in the West to Kulusuk in the East.
They crossed the ice cap on skis, pulling pulks, containing their food, clothing and survival equipment for their world record attempt.
This demanding endeavour encompassed the ‘spirit of adventure’ and tested the resilience and fortitude of the team to the limit.
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