65 Degrees North launches at Senedd in Cardiff

Endeavour Fund project 65 Degrees North is a world first record attempt to cross the Greenland Ice Cap in May 2015.

Endeavour Fund project 65 Degrees North is a world first record attempt to cross the Greenland Ice Cap in May 2015.

Upon completion, Army veteran Peter Bowker will become the first amputee ever to ski the 600km crossing, unsupported, with a team of six, along with three fellow Welshmen, including team doctor, Dr Meinir Jones and project manager Rich Morgan.

Last week 65 Degrees North held an official launch event at the Senedd in Cardiff, hosted by actors Charles Dales and Amanda Mealing, where First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, gave his full backing to the inspiring endeavour, saying, “I know the expedition will experience temperatures as low as minus 30 degrees, the threat of fatigue and polar bears. What’s important is to demonstrate to other people and society at large is that where individuals face difficulties they can be overcome and that the human spirit is unbreakable.”

Jones added: “I am amazed at the determination that is being shown and I have to say I am amazed at the sheer stamina which is going to be displayed. The expedition has the best wishes of the people of Wales behind it. It is a project that was conceived in Wales and it will be an inspiration to those of us living in Wales. As far as all of the Welsh assembly is concerned we all wish the project the best of Welsh luck.

The 65 Degrees North team also had the privilege of meeting HRH Prince Harry to discuss the details of the expedition with him. Prince Harry provided tips and useful information for the endeavour, based on his own experiences in the Arctic as part of the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Challenge 

A former Queen’s Dragoon Guard who lost part of his right leg in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan, Bowder said: “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.”