Monday, January 4, 2010

Ocean2Summit team set off on epic adventure!

North Devon doctors and extreme adventurers Rob Casserley and Stuart Burbridge are setting off this afternoon on the first leg of an epic adventure. They are about to set off from La Gomera in the Canaries and row to Antigua which as the crow flies is over 3,000 nautical miles. Then, as if that's not enough, they're going to climb Mount Everest in the Spring. Now, okay, Rob has already climbed Everest five times and is one of only three Westerners to summit twice in a week. But it's a rare thing to have a first and this is most definitely one of those. What's more they're doing it to raise money for Marie Curie Cancer Care. You can sponsor them at JustGiving.com and can follow their progress by map and on Twitter. I spoke to Rob today and he sounded in fine fettle. We've got a team of three surfer weather forecasters here in Braunton and I'll be sending Rob and Stuart updates via satellite phone during their trip. You can read more about Rob in my column for Devon Life. I'm looking forward to joining him on a trek to Everest Base Camp at the end of March followed by an ascent of the 6,000m Island Peak. In the meantime, if you want to get technical, then two great websites for weather forecasting an Atlantic row are www.passageweather.com and www.magicseaweed.com.

The photograph is copyright Susanna Stanford.

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