South Shields soldier becomes first wounded troop to reach both North and South Poles

POLE POSITION ... Sgt Robbie Harmer, right, with his Team UK buddies.
POLE POSITION ... Sgt Robbie Harmer, right, with his Team UK buddies.

A SOUTH Tynesider and his comrades have become the first group of wounded solders in the world to conquer both the North Pole and South Pole.

Sergeant Robbie Harmer was one of four Royal Dragoon Guards to take part in this year’s Mamont Cup expedition to the North Pole.

Pictured: Sergeant Robbie Harmer, 32, of The Royal Dragoon Guards demonstrates the harness the team will use at the North Pole.''Four soldiers based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire who were badly injured while serving on operations in Afghanistan are to test their recoveries by trekking to the North Pole next month.'Each of the four serving members of The Royal Dragoon Guards has returned to full fitness through the tireless effort of the Army Recovery Capability (ARC).'Three members of the team trekked to the South Pole in the centenary year of Scott�"s fateful expedition and the fourth has recently returned from retracing Shackleton�"s journey in the Antarctic.'All four will be joined by noted explorer David Hempleman-Adams in trekking to the most northerly point on the planet to highlight both the incredible work of the ARC, how critically important Joint Services Adventurous Training is and also raising some money for ABF - The Soldiers Charity.'Expedition leader Captain Adam Crookshank, 32, wa

Pictured: Sergeant Robbie Harmer, 32, of The Royal Dragoon Guards demonstrates the harness the team will use at the North Pole.''Four soldiers based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire who were badly injured while serving on operations in Afghanistan are to test their recoveries by trekking to the North Pole next month.'Each of the four serving members of The Royal Dragoon Guards has returned to full fitness through the tireless effort of the Army Recovery Capability (ARC).'Three members of the team trekked to the South Pole in the centenary year of Scott�"s fateful expedition and the fourth has recently returned from retracing Shackleton�"s journey in the Antarctic.'All four will be joined by noted explorer David Hempleman-Adams in trekking to the most northerly point on the planet to highlight both the incredible work of the ARC, how critically important Joint Services Adventurous Training is and also raising some money for ABF - The Soldiers Charity.'Expedition leader Captain Adam Crookshank, 32, wa

The 32-year-old’s team set off on Tuesday, April 14, on the gruelling 69-mile challenge and completed it at the weekend

That makes Sgt Harmer, of Whiteleas, South Shields, and his Team UK colleagues the first group of injured soldiers from the same squadron, tour and regiment, to make it to both poles, having completed the southern trek in 2012.

Team UK finished the challenge first, followed by Team Baltic, Team Europa and then Team Arctic.

Sgt Harmer, who was shot in the leg as he rescued a wounded Afghan builder in 2010, previously told the Gazette: “We’ve all been training hard and doing different things in addition to our normal training to help us get ready for the trip.

“The South Pole trip was great ,but it was really hard.At times, the temperatures dropped to -40C.”

Sgt Harmer’s team, raising cash for the Army Benevolent Fund, was led by adventurer David Hempleman-Adam, the first person to have reached the magnetic and geographic North and South poles, as well as climbing to the highest point on every continent.

The expedition was sponsored by the Mamont Foundation to raise awareness of the importance of continued research and exploration in polar regions.

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