Posted on 11th May 2015
Peter Bowker leads the 65 Degrees North expedition as they set off on the world’s first unsupported attempt by an amputee to cross the Greenland Ice Cap this week. Their mission is a 600km, well below freezing trek over 25-days. The team will cross the ice cap on skis pulling pulks weighing up to 80kg in temperatures as low as -37 degrees Celsius.
A former Queen’s Dragoon Guardsman, Peter was injured by a roadside bomb while on attachment in Afghanistan. He has learnt to ski especially for the expedition and will wear an Elite blade foot, from Blatchford, which will fit directly to his ski boot and perform well at sub-zero temperatures. Blatchford has supported Peter to perfect his prosthesis in preparation for the extraordinary challenge.
Peter’s prosthetist, Alan McDougall, commented,
“Peter is incredibly committed and it’s been a pleasure to support him. The elite blade is ideal for the conditions as it reduces shock and provides energy return. The carbon fibre design is lightweight and low maintenance which will be essential for Pete to conserve energy and minimise potential repairs during the event.”
The mission sets off with the royal seal of approval. Prince Harry, who helped set up the Royal Foundation Endeavour Fund, has backed 65 Degrees North, and had a private meeting with Peter and the group. The Endeavour Fund exists to support the ambitions of wounded service personnel and veterans in such missions as 65 Degrees North.
Peter and the team have been overwhelmed by the support they have received as they raise money for Help For Heroes. Peter commented,
“We have had fantastic support from everywhere and that will keep us going as we head out to Greenland. I am humbled by the support that has been generated for this mission. But it’s all about giving something back and all proceeds from the mission will be going to Help for Heroes.”
If 65 Degrees North achieve their planned mission they will go down in history. Also with Peter is a former Royal Marine Richard Morgan, from Neath, and team doctor Meinir Jones, from Pontardawe.