Intrepid team aims for highest heights
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