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On 16th April 2011, our team, including 4 wounded soldiers, successfully arrived at the North Pole after a 13-day trek across 190 miles of the polar ice cap. They covered the greatest distance of any polar expedition that season, man-hauling their sledges, containing all of their equipment and supplies, over 200 miles. They were completely unsupported in the most hostile environment on Earth, dealing with polar bears, open water leads and temperatures of -60°C.
This is a huge achievement for able-bodied adventurers, let-alone for those who have sustained life-changing injuries and amputated limbs. It perfectly illustrates the spirit and determination of these remarkable young men and women.
Expedition Patron, Prince Harry, joined the team for 4 days of the trek, and was the first to congratulate them via satellite phone upon their arrival at the North Pole.
The servicemen taking part in the mission were: Capt Martin Hewitt, 30, whose right arm is paralysed after being shot; Capt Guy Disney, 29, whose right leg was amputated below the knee after he was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG); Sgt Stephen Young, 28, who suffered a broken back in a roadside bombing; and Pte Jaco Van Gass, 24, who had his left arm amputated and suffered significant tissue loss to his left leg after being hit by an RPG.
The team were joined by two of the charity's founders, Edward Parker and Simon Dalglish, and polar guide Inge Solheim.