North Yorkshire Soldiers head to the South Pole
12:40pm 19th November 2012
Solders from North Yorkshire are heading to the South Pole today. It's part of 100th anniversary of Scott's trip to Antarctica.
The Group from the Royal Dragoon Guards based in Catterick want to retrace the footsteps of polar explorer Captain Oats and raise money for charity.
In the Footsteps of Legends South Pole Expedition 2012 is raising funds for Walking with the Wounded and Alzheimer’s Research UK, as well as The Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge 2013. These are two separate and unique South Pole expeditions.
In the footsteps of Legends will be the largest modern-day expedition of its kind. Polar explorer Captain L E G Oates, who accompanied Captain Scott 100 years ago to the South Pole, was a former member of the Regiment the Royal Dragoon Guards.
Today a team of three wounded soldiers from The Royal Dragoon Guards will undertake a 140-mile unsupported In the Footsteps of Legends trek to the geographic South Pole.
On reaching the South Pole they will bury the Walking with the Wounded Allied Challenge Trophy in the ice, mark the location via GPS and return to the UK. The silver Asprey trophy will remain entombed in the ice for 12 months.
In November 2013, three teams will complete the gruelling 180-mile Walking with the Wounded Allied Challenge. A British Team, Commonwealth Team and American Team will undertake a managed race to the South Pole. The winning team will unearth the Allied Challenge Trophy and return victorious to their country.
You can donate online at www.footstepsoflegends.org.uk
Captain Adam Crookshank from the Royal Dragoon Guards is one of the team going to the pole.
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