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Team Wapiti

Paddling 1000miles down the River Yukon

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My story

[p]Both Tom & Mick are endurance athletes and expeditionary types. We are made for adventure, love to challenge and push ourselves beyond our limits to see what is possible and to go places very few have ever been. It may sound mad to some but it’s also what gives us the unique stories and experiences to bring back. We want to inspire, to motivate and to encourage people to take a leap and step out of their own comfort zones. As well as pushing beyond the limits and reaching into the unknown, we have strong connections with charities that support great causes which are very close to us both.[/p][p]--------------------[/p][p]A totally self-supported 1000 mile paddle from Canada into the Arctic Circle, finishing in the Alaskan backcountry.[/p][p]PURE ISOLATION. TOTAL EXHAUSTION. ABSOLUTE SELF-SUFFICIENCY.[/p][p]The Yukon 1000 follows the footsteps of early adventurers, immersing in the raw, untouched wilderness that few humans ever experience. No phones. No sat navs. There is zero communicationduring this trip. With up to 10 days to complete the race, Team Wapiti will cross the finish line to jointhe elite few who have conquered the world’s longest canoe race, Team Wapiti will be on Stand UpPaddleboards (SUP’s) the whole way, paddling 18 hour days to the finish line.[/p][p]“MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN UP EVEREST THAN HAVE BEEN BEYOND DAWSON CITY”[/p][p]Put survival to the test....[/p][p]Yukon 1000 challengers must have the physical and mental fortitude to cope with the staggering feat ofpaddling 18 hours a day just to complete the race. Completely self-sufficient, teams sleep rough wherethey stop, and in extreme cases must be able to survive in true wilderness.[/p][p]No safety blankets...[/p][p]Whitewater, fallen trees, braided and poorly mapped channels are just some of the challenges TeamWapiti will face. One wrong turn forces competitors to backtrack up river in the most isolated grizzly and black bear territory in the world.[/p][p]------------------[/p][p]The project will be raising money and awareness for two excellent charities: TheRoyal Marines Charity and ROSY (Respite Nursing for Oxfordshire’s Sick Youngsters).As a supporter and sponsor of this project you will be helping to raise money andawareness for these two superb organisations and the invaluable work they do, now and in the future.[/p][p]------------------[/p][p]Tom Alden[/p][p]A former Royal Marine, is the founder of both Commit2Inspire and TLA Fitness. As a Royal Marine, Tom experienced a number of operational toursacross the globe including Afghanistan and Iraq at just 19 and 20 years old. In2004, Tom resigned from the Royal Marines and travelled around South East Asia pursuing his lifelong passion of scuba diving before going on to train with an elite group of natural mountaineers from the Indian mountaineering Association in the Himalayas. Tom’s ethos is to lead by example and he regularly demonstrates thebenefits of personal challenges and the strength of self-discipline through the various adventures and expeditions completed. These include rowing 3000 NMacross the Atlantic Ocean and running 250+km across the Sahara Desert in the Marathon des Sables.[/p][p][br][/p][p]Mick Dawson[/p][p]Professional Yacht Skipper, film maker and former Royal Marine. He successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in 2001 and again in 2005 Between the two Atlantic voyages Mick attempted to row the North Pacific from Japan to San Francisco twice, solo. The first attempt in 2003 ended when his rudder was torn off in severe weather and he had to return to Japan. The second in 2004 washalted by a freak capsize that sank his boat after 109 days at sea and having rowed over 4,500 miles, two thirds of the way across the route. Undeterred, Mick builta new boat, ‘Bojangles,’ specifically for the North Pacific. He invited friend and fellow ocean rower Chris Martin onto the project and the two of them went on to become the first ever crew to row successfully from Japan (Choshi) to The GoldenGate Bridge in San Francisco. They completed the epic 7,000 mile voyage in an incredible 189 days 10 hours and 55 minutes. In 2018 Mick rowed the Pacific again from California to Hawaii with a blind veteran (Steve Sparkes) as part of his on going project Cockleshell Endeavour (A resource for recovering Veterans).[/p][p]-------------------[/p]
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Mar 2, 2020

Rob Farrant

Good Luck Tom, you continue to amaze me with your exploits.

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Feb 25, 2020

John Knowles

Looks like a great way to spend 10 days! Hope you achieve both objectives: the mouth of the Yukon and the £5k.

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid