In April 2023, three young men with life-altering spinal cord injuries embarked on a remarkable 150km journey across Vatnajokull, the largest ice cap in Western Europe. United by a single rope and devoid of any support or guidance, they faced the challenge as a cohesive team. Formerly one was an adventurer, one a professional rugby player, and one a soldier and mountaineer. They all had been stripped of everything that once gave them purpose and meaning and yet each of them has found a way to overcome their obstacles in their own remarkable manner.
We invite you to join us and listen to Ed Jackson, Darren Edwards and Niall McCann along with filmmaker Matt Pycroft as they share their awe-inspiring story and impart the lesson that often, the most significant barrier resides within our own mind. Their incredible expedition raised vital funds for the Millimetres 2 Mountains Foundation to help more people aid their recovery from trauma by using the great outdoors.
About The Speakers:
Ed Jackson - In 2017 Ed's life was turned upside down after a serious spinal cord injury put an end to his professional rugby career and left him completely paralysed. Against all odds Ed managed to battle his way back not only to his feet but now finds himself taking on challenges and climbing mountains all over the world. Through his charity Millimetres 2 Mountains and work with Berghaus designing and adapting kit for people with physical limitations Ed’s aim is to inspire and enable others to take on their own adventures.
Darren Edwards - Darren is a former mountaineer and Army Reservist who sustained a life-changing injury in the summer of 2016. The near-fatal climbing accident would leave Darren permanently paralysed from the chest down. With determination, grit and positivity, Darren has overcome adversity to become a Disabled Adventurer, World First Expedition Leader and Motivational Speaker. He aims to become the first disabled person to complete a marathon in Antarctica and to run seven marathons in seven days on seven different continents - known as the World Marathon Challenge.
Niall McCann - Niall has travelled the planet, turning his hand to a variety of expeditions and methods of undertaking them; two biking trips in the Himalayas, canoeing the Yukon River, big wall climbing in the USA and Europe, man-hauling across Greenland, rowing the Atlantic, mountaineering in the Alps, ski-mountaineering and ice climbing and speed flying in the Caledonian Alps, Greenland. In addition, Niall spent around two years on biological expeditions in some of the most remote parts of the globe, and in his work as a conservationist he has worked on many endangered species around the world, lobbied governments to protect National Parks on three continents and had dozens of brushes with death at the jaws and claws of the world's most charismatic dangerous animals.
Presented by Berghaus.