The Adaptive Grand Slam team (AGS), embarked on its latest expedition to summit Mount Aconcagua on 9 January, with all team members safely reaching the summit on 20 January. The group of intrepid adventurers have reached the halfway point in their goal to become the first disabled team in history to complete the notorious Grand Slam challenge, after successfully reaching the summit of South America’s Mount Aconcagua.
The AGS team aims to summit the highest peaks on each of the seven continents and to walk unsupported to the geographic North and South Poles. AGS founder, Martin Hewitt, led the group in its latest successful expedition to reach the South American peak. This was the team’s second attempt to summit the mountain, after being forced to abandon their initial climb due to severe weather conditions in December 2015.
Martin Hewitt, an injured Afghanistan veteran, established the team following previous successful expeditions with Walking With The Wounded. Martin, 36, served eight years as a commissioned officer with the Parachute Regiment and sustained injuries whilst leading his men into combat. His right arm was paralysed, ending his military career.
Martin said: “We are absolutely delighted that all of the team safely reached the summit of Mount Aconcagua. January’s expedition was our second attempt to summit the mountain and our success means that we are now halfway to achieving our ultimate goal.”
“It is fantastic that our effort was supported by Quilter Cheviot, whose backing was absolutely essential in ensuring that we can pursue our dream. We are now looking forward to our next challenge of taking on the Carstensz Pyramid, the highest peak in Indonesia, in November.”
The team, which is comprised of disabled adventurers, professional mountaineers and expedition leaders, has already completed four other 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. The newly formed charitable organisation will support a range of charities that provide positive and impactful support to members of the disabled community.
David Loudon, Chief Executive at wealth management company Quilter Cheviot, said: “The Adaptive Grand Slam is a remarkable charity. We are so pleased to hear of the team’s success in its bid to summit Mount Aconcagua and this achievement will hopefully help to spread the message that having a disability does not prevent anyone from accomplishing incredible things.
“We have supported a range of sports endurance events, including the Etape Royale cycle sportive and the Ride of the Lions peloton challenge in aid of Walking With The Wounded and the Lions Charitable Trust. The Adaptive Grand Slam takes that theme forward and we are hugely proud to be associated with it.”
“We understand just how gruelling these types of challenges can be and how much commitment they require which is why we wanted to support team. We wish them the very best of luck as they continue in their attempt to achieve their world record.”