Walking with the Wounded: McCrum, Mark
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Walking with the Wounded

Author(s): McCrum, Mark

Copyright: 2012, UK
Specifications: rep, 8vo, pp.viii, 307, 35 color photos, map eps, red cloth
Condition: dj & cloth new

In April 2011, four British soldiers – each a hero of recent conflicts who suffered devastating injuries in the line of duty – set out on a two-hundred mile trek, unsupported, to the North Pole. It was the culmination of a journey that began long before, when two friends decided to mount an expedition that would demonstrate how remarkable our armed forces are and raise funds for the rehabilitation of injured service men and women. Little did they know their idea would ultimately gain global attention, and royal endorsement. The year-long selection process was more physically and emotionally draining than anyone had anticipated. By September 2010 the final team was set: the two founders, four wounded soldiers, a polar guide, and patron Prince Harry. Once they'd ventured inside the Arctic Circle they had to contend with new challenges. Pulling sleds weighing more than 100kg over vast swathes of ice rubble, pressure ridges and dangerous open water leads; constant daylight; ground that could literally tear itself apart beneath them as they slept; and temperatures as low as -35 degrees. And all the time, they had to be alert for signs of the notoriously aggressive polar bears that roam the desolate landscape. With every step fraught with risk, the trek tested its participants' resilience to the limit. Each of these brave men tells their story here, along with that of the extraordinary expedition itself – the rigorous training, the meticulous preparation, and of course, the final, awe-inspiring journey across the ice. A remarkable and moving story. For 2012 the team has set it’s sights on Everest.

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