17 January 2017: Congratulations to 65 Degrees North, who conquered Mount Vinson on 15 January – Antarctic’s highest mountain standing at 4,897m (16,067ft).
The extreme adventure team were able to send a live Facebook feed from the summit thanks to our IsatHub service, which connects smart devices, even from the most remote and inhospitable environments.
Standing at the top of the bottom of the world, 65 Degrees North hope that their latest expedition will not only raise funds for The Royal Marines Charity but also inspire others by proving that there is life beyond injury.
Former Royal Marines Danny Claricoates and James ‘Flo’ Nightingale were joined on the climb by three serving and ex-servicemen who have wide-ranging experience of extreme challenges.
The two men returned from tours of Afghanistan with different but equally debilitating injuries. James, who was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery, has only recently come to the end of six years of surgical reconstruction after he was shot in the face. Danny’s wounds are not visible; he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the vehicle he was travelling behind was blown up, killing fellow commandos.
Inmarsat supplied the team with essential safety and communications equipment: a lightweight BGAN terminal, two rugged IsatPhone 2 satellite phones, and the compact IsatHub, to enable the team to share their journey.