In­trepid team aims for high­est heights

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Front Page - BY JOHN MCDOUGALL john.mcdougall@trin­i­tymir­ @JMacD1988

AVETERAN from Widnes will lead of team of in­trepid ad­ven­tur­ers in Jan­uary to reach the sum­mit of the high­est peak in South Amer­ica in a Guin­ness World Record at­tempt.

Martin He­witt, who served in Afghanistan, has es­tab­lished the Adap­tive Grand Slam (AGS) team and has pre­vi­ously led suc­cess­ful ex­pe­di­tions with Walk­ing With The Wounded.

The 36-year-old served eight years as a com­mis­sioned of­fi­cer with the Parachute Reg­i­ment and suf­fered in­juries while lead­ing his men into com­bat.

His right arm was paral­ysed, end­ing his mil­i­tary ca­reer.

The team is at­tempt­ing to make it into the Guin­ness World Record books by sum­mit­ing the high­est peaks on each of the seven con­ti­nents and walk­ing un­sup­ported to the ge­o­graphic North and South Poles.

Martin will lead the team next month in a bid to scale Mount Aconcagua, the high­est peak in South Amer­ica.

He said: “From my ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Walk­ing With The Wounded, I found that giv­ing peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus on a chal­lenge dur­ing re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, ei­ther af­ter in­jury or those with life-chang­ing dis­abil­i­ties, re­ally helps to put them in a good place.

“Through the Adap­tive Grand Slam, I wanted to open up this op­por­tu­nity to not only mil­i­tary vet­er­ans, but to any­one with a dis­abil­ity.

“Jan­uary’s mis­sion to sum­mit Mt. Aconcagua will take the team one step closer to achiev­ing our ul­ti­mate goal and it is fan­tas­tic that our ef­fort is be­ing sup­ported by Quil­ter Che­viot, whose back­ing is ab­so­lutely es­sen­tial in en­sur­ing that we can pur­sue our dream.”

The team is aim­ing to be­come the first dis­abled one in his­tory to com­plete the no­to­ri­ous Grand Slam chal­lenge.

It will be their sec­ond at­tempt to sum­mit the moun­tain, af­ter be­ing forced to aban­don their ini­tial climb due to se­vere weather con­di­tions in De­cem­ber 2015.

Jan­uary’s ex­pe­di­tion will in­volve the group reach­ing the half-way point in its ul­ti­mate Grand Slam goal of be­com­ing the first dis­abled team in his­tory to com­plete the chal­lenge.

The team, which com­prises dis­abled ad­ven­tur­ers, pro­fes­sional moun­taineers and ex­pe­di­tion lead­ers, has al­ready com­pleted four mis­sions, in­clud­ing the North Pole, Mount ● McKin­ley, Mount El­brus and Mount Kil­i­man­jaro.

The AGS World Record at­tempt will raise money for The Adap­tive Grand Slam Foun­da­tion and the new­ly­formed char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion will sup­port a range of char­i­ties that pro­vide pos­i­tive and im­pact­ful sup­port to the dis­abled.

The team is be­ing spon­sored by wealth man­age­ment com­pany Quil­ter Che­viot.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive David Loudon said: “The Adap­tive Grand Slam is a re­mark­able char­ity. We wanted to be a part of its bid to make his­tory and to help spread the mes­sage that hav­ing a dis­abil­ity does not pre­vent you from achiev­ing in­cred­i­ble things.

“We un­der­stand just how gru­elling these types of chal­lenges can be and how much com­mit­ment they re­quire and, again, this is why we wanted to give our back­ing.

“We wish the team the very best of luck as it pre­pares to sum­mit Mt Aconcagua.”

Martin He­witt, AGS founder, from Widnes, will lead the team up Mt Aconcagua

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