The 2013 South Pole Allied Challenge is one of the most high profile expeditions of modern times, as teams race over 3 degrees to the Geographic South Pole. The race will be composed of three teams of wounded service personnel from the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth of Nations, all with either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty. Soldiers to Summits is proud to be coordinating the US Team!
While trekking around 15 to 20km per day, the teams will endure temperatures as low as -45°C and 50mph winds as they pull their pulks (custom-built arctic sledges), each weighing in excess of 70kg, toward the southern most point on the globe. Not only will they be forced to battle these harsh weather conditions, there will be vast crevasses, moving ice-shelves, glaciers, and snowstorms.
Underlining these challenges will be the life-changing physical and cognitive injuries sustained by the team members during their military service. A taxing task for any able-bodied adventurer, this challenge will be made all the more dif?cult by the injuries sustained by our wounded participants. These injuries will require constant monitoring and management to ensure participants can progress safely to the Pole.
The aim of the South Pole Allied Challenge is to raise further awareness of our wounded and injured by telling the stories of those involved.
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