The Adaptive Grand Slam Foundation (AGSF) supports members of the disabled community to undertake physical challenges and raise money for service-providing charities. The team climbs using modified techniques and equipment and they hope to break four world records by the time they complete the Grand Slam.
On 19 January 2017, the team reached the summit of Mt Aconcagua, Argentina, which is the highest peak in the Western and Southern Hemisphere. Despite having some problems with altitude sickness, the whole team made it to the summit. Team leader Martin Hewitt said, “It takes a lot to get these things off the ground, it doesn’t happen overnight. This has been a year in the planning…and we’ve had a heck of a lot of support from a lot of people.”
MEET THE TEAM
The team is made up of 13 individuals, three of whom are ex-PARAS wounded and disabled in Afghanistan. They have already walked to the North Pole and climbed Mt McKinley, Mt Elbrus and Mt Kilimanjaro. Read more about them here.