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65 Degrees North have set out to summit ‘The Roof of the Americas’, Mt. Aconcagua.
Mt. Aconcagua, is the highest mountain in South America, North America and outside of the Himalaya (Asia), by extension, the highest point in both Western and Southern Hemispheres. Its name originates from the Quechua Ackon Cahuak and translates as: ‘Sentinel of Stone’.
65 Degrees North is an organisation that seeks to help in the rehabilitation of wounded or damaged ex-servicemen and women by offering the opportunity to participate in challenging adventure. Changing the perception of physical and mental disability through the ‘Spirit of Adventure’ 65DN hope to inspire and motivate others to overcome, achieve and succeed.
Follow the highs and lows as the team prepare for one of the toughest challenges they will face, or find the team's JustGiving page here.
Sunday 21st January
They've done it! They have reached the roof of the Americas!
Saturday 20th January
The team spent Day 11 on Mt Aconcagua acclimatising & preparing.— 65 Degrees North (@65degnorth) January 20, 2018
Al passed the flag to Jason & later a phone call with Simon’s Dad, Mike, on the #iSatPhone2 gave them all the extra bit of determination & strength they will need for the summit bid!#FollowTheFlag #ACO2018 pic.twitter.com/hj4SmZkztY
Friday 18th January 2018
The team moved to Camp Guanacos on Day 10 of their epic journey to the ‘Roof of the Americas’— 65 Degrees North (@65degnorth) January 19, 2018
They are now at 5400m (17,700ft) acclimatising in preparation for their summit bid!#FollowTheFlag #ACO2018 #RMfamily #BeyondInjury pic.twitter.com/5WRqye37fu
Wednesday 17th January 2018
The Team arruved at Camp Guancos, where they made a morale-boosing call to CGRM Major Geneal Rob Magowan CBE
Tuesday 16th January
Temperatures dropped drastically during the evening but the snow had almost melted by the time the team were packed and ready for another physically demanding trek to Camp 1 (4850m)#FollowTheFlag #ACO2018 #RMfamily #BeyondInjury pic.twitter.com/DY1x4efu89— 65 Degrees North (@65degnorth) January 15, 2018
Monday 15th January
Happy Birthday Danny!
Danny refuses to be defined by #PTSD & believes positive outcomes can, & will impact on his future. Taking part in adventurous challenge allows him to overcome adversity & reinforce his belief that he can achieve anything, proving there is life #BeyondInjury #MondayMotivaton pic.twitter.com/SEMk6ixn2s— 65 Degrees North (@65degnorth) January 15, 2018
Saturday 13th January
Today was particularly tough as the team trekked for several hours over difficult terrain and increasingly cold & inhospitable conditions.— 65 Degrees North (@65degnorth) January 13, 2018
They climbed to 4850m - higher than #MtBlanc! & spent time acclimatising before returning to Base Camp#ACO2018 #FollowTheFlag #RMfamily pic.twitter.com/fJ8OEtgWOi
Rich was handed the flag at the start of Day 4 which was a rest & acclimatisation day. The team had plenty of time to prepare for the long hard slog ahead of them and they were all in good spirits & feeling positive.#FollowTheFlag #ACO2018 #RMfamily pic.twitter.com/jW5pLupuyj— 65 Degrees North (@65degnorth) January 13, 2018
Friday 12th January:
The team have arrived at base camp! They are now at 4200m and are starting to feel the first effects of altitude but everyone is in high spirits
Thursday 11th January:
11/01/2018 Further updates from the #ACO2018 team. Once again they trekked for several hours in fierce temperatures and were relieved to reach Camp 2. The team aim to continue the live videos at 8PM this evening, UK time, on the 65 Degrees North Facebook Page. Keep up the hoofing work lads!
Live video after arrival at base camp!
The team have arrived at base camp! They are now at 4200m and are starting to feel the first effects of altitude but everyone is in high spirits #ACO2018 #RMfamily #beyondinjury pic.twitter.com/Ak7Ratz7oy— 65 Degrees North (@65degnorth) January 11, 2018
Live video after arrival at base camp!
#FollowTheFlag ... Brendan became the proud recipient of the flag today as the team prepared for another long trek to Camp 2 in the intense heat.#ACO2018 #beyondinjury #RMfamily pic.twitter.com/ka85rIw6Gx— 65 Degrees North (@65degnorth) January 10, 2018
The team have trekked for several hours in blistering heat through a valley of rock... they have now arrived at the 1st camp for the night ahead of their mules!— 65 Degrees North (@65degnorth) January 9, 2018
Team morale is high and they are grateful for all the messages of support!#FollowTheFlag #ACO2018 #RMfamily pic.twitter.com/AdwrKMGx5m