Rehabilitation Through Adventure

Team Everest

Joe Winch

Joe is married to Amy, and they live with their three children on the south coast. Joe was commissioned into the Royal Marines in 2002, and was diagnosed with acute Complex PTSD in 2017 – a consequence of the many traumas he has experienced during his service. 

Currently, Joe is under the care of the Royal Navy’s Recovery Centre Hasler, and together with the incredible support of his wife and children he has developed a thorough understanding of his symptoms and diagnosis. In turn, this has allowed Joe to begin taking back control of his life and to start recovering from his PTSD. 

Although Joe’s recovery has been slow, it was helped enormously by his participation in the 65 Degrees North expedition to Denali, the highest peak in North America, in June 2018. Joe’s confidence, self-esteem, and enthusiasm for life returned in abundance during the expedition, and he returned home happier, more optimistic, and even more determined to get better.

Joe is extremely excited to be joining Team Everest. Through his participation, Joe hopes to show that with determination and focus it is possible to recover from PTSD, and that life can once again be exciting, fulfilling, and worthwhile. 

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 Company 42 on Operation Herrick 14. Whilst on tour Scott was involved in an IED blast which left him blind in his right eye. He was medically discharged in 2013.

In 2015 Scott completed the Walk of Britain with Walking With The Wounded (WWTW), a 1000 mile walk through Scotland, England and Wales in 72 days. He conquered Mt. Kilimanjaro, the World’s highest freestanding mountain, in February 2016, and in June 2018 Scott successfully summited Mt. Denali with the team of 65 Degrees North.

Scott continues to challenge himself to prove to others, that despite injuries, physical or psychological, it is possible to achieve great things. 

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 suffered serious spinal injuries which resulted in hospitalisation and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Following his discharge he suffered with depression and anxiety having left a job he loved. These were his dark times and this was to shape his next few years where he was forced to seek help and treatment.

Brendan has a passion for the outdoors and spends much of his spare time on the Brecon Beacons. Since leaving the Royal Marines he has worked for the local authority and is a proud dad of two sons.

Brendan successfully summited Mt. Aconcagua in January and Denali in June 2018 with the team of 65 Degrees North. These brutal and demanding endeavours removed Brendan completely from his comfort zone and pushed him to his absolute limits, increasing his confidence and self-belief that he can achieve whatever he sets his mind to. 

Brendan hopes to inspire others to take on their own challenges big or small which will hopefully help them in having a better quality life. 

Tom Heal

Tom joined the Royal Marines as an Officer in 2012 and has served at three of its Commando Units. Specialising as a Mountain Leader, he’s deployed in many roles, significantly to Norway’s Arctic Circle, where he’s gained vital experience for the Everest expedition.

His passion for expeditions has seen him set a World Record in 2010 when he rowed across the Atlantic in 80 days with a friend, becoming the ‘youngest pair ever to row any ocean’. In January 2017 as part of the 65 Degrees North team, Tom successfully reached the summit of Mt. Vinson in Antarctica.

Tom is extremely excited about this expedition with the team and is grateful for the opportunity to support ‘Rehabilitation through Adventure’ whilst raising money for the Royal Marines Charity.

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. He led Heroes Challenge UK; a UK endurance record that set a British First; an endurance record completed over 10 days. He went on to lead the five-week expedition that saw Peter Bowker become the ‘First Amputee’ to cross the Greenland ice cap unsupported!

He has since led an expedition to summit Mount Kilimanjaro which achieved a full team summit success and, in January 2017, he stood on the summit of the ‘Top of the Bottom of the World’ when he led an unsupported team to climb Mt Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak. He has led training packages on the Mont Blanc Massif in preparation for Antarctica and Aconcagua with the 65DN support team.

Rich successfully summited Mt. Aconcagua in January 2018 and in June 2018 led a successful expedition on Denali, where all of the team summited.

Rich is the proud Founder of 65 Degrees North, and in 2018 he was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his charitable services to veterans.

Leesa Harrison

Leesa discovered a passion for dance at the age of 12 and embarked on a dance career which took her to London, Denmark, Germany and Greece. A desire to provide stability for her son brought her home to be close to family in 2002. 

A chance meeting with Rich in December 2013 came at the most perfect time, as depleted energy levels following treatment for breast cancer in 2011 were at an all time high and Leesa was ready to take on a new challenge! This challenge came in the form of becoming 65DN’s Media Officer, and the very privileged position of documenting and sharing every step of the successful World First Record across the Greenland ice-cap. 

Leesa has accompanied 65DN on training packages on the Mont Blanc Massif to photograph and record the team during their training packages for Antarctica, Aconcagua, Denali and Everest. She experienced her first expedition when she joined the team for the ‘Conquering Kili’ challenge in 2016, an  emotional journey which Leesa felt particularly passionate about as, in 1993, her Dad had ended his own life after a long battle with depression.

These incredible experiences have given Leesa an appetite for adventure, and an even greater desire to support 65DN and help them achieve their objective to inspire and motivate others. She will support the Summit Team from Base Camp throughout the 2 month expedition.