Team 67°N Set New Greenland Crossing Record

67 N Greenland Challenge team

Press release from CATCo Investment Management 

67 N Greenland Challenge team

CATCo Investment Management is tremendously pleased and proud to announce that CATCo’s sponsorship of Team 67°N comprised of world renowned polar explorers, Tom Avery, Andrew Gerber, George Wells and Patrick Woodhead, has resulted in the successful demolition of the world record for the fastest crossing of Greenland on foot by man or animal.

The previous world record was set in 2008 and was just short of 18 days. Tom and his crew (team 67°N) accomplished this feat in an astonishing 9 days, 19 hours and 40 minutes, nearly half the previous record. Like other great explorers that have gone before Tom, George, Patrick and Andy, the 67°N team have demonstrated that their courage and dogged determination remains undiminished. To break the world record in the way they have is nothing less than remarkable.

67 N Greenland Challenge snowkite team

Team 67°N began their journey on an unsuspecting Thursday morning, May 7th, 2015 in the remote Inuit village of Isotoq, Greenland. The starting point houses about 50 Inuit residents, nestled on a sea harbor surrounded by stunning glaciers, about 10 kilometers shy of Greenland’s polar ice cap. They concluded their arduous adventure, which covered some 610 kilometers (379 miles) and included climbing from the East Coast sea level to an elevation of 2,500 meters then back to sea level on the West Coast, in the former US military town of Kangerlussuaq.

The team covered the majority of the distance on skis and, when the wind and terrain allowed, they were assisted by kites. The final descent off the Russell Glacier could only be accomplished by foot. Most remarkably, just after midnight on May 15th, on the backend of a treacherous storm, the team made the brave decision to raise the kites and then skied for 17 consecutive hours and covered an unimaginable 281 kilometers (nearly 175 miles) with speeds topping out at 43.29km/h.

CATCo is honored and privileged to have been afforded the opportunity to be the sole financial sponsor of this remarkable adventure, and we are even more appreciative of simply having the opportunity to get to know the Team 67°N and better understand what drives them. In truth, we went into this sponsorship believing that this team’s life-threatening polar achievements, including world record treks to both the North and South poles, could only be accomplished by extreme lunatics. However, our perspective quickly changed after Team 32°N, comprised of Tony Belisle, Graham Wood, Michael Toyer and Mark Way, spent a day dogsledding and a night on Greenland’s awe-inspiring polar ice caps with Team 67°N.

Please join us in congratulating Team 67°N on their amazing world record achievement and in welcoming them back to civilization and safely to their anxious families. Stay tuned for the latest update from Team 67ºN detailing their final decent to the finish line. 

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