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Update from The Push to the South Pole

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On January 17, 2012, for the first time in history, Grant Korgan, an adaptive athlete with a spinal cord injury, will literally “push” himself 100 miles (or 250,00o pushes) across the frozen landscape and his limits to the most inhospitable place on the planet – the South Pole.

The group is currently on track and battling the cold and extreme conditions. With temperatures in the 30-45º below zero range, cold injuries are the biggest concern. Since Grant’s circulation is limited below his knees, the group is carefully monitoring the temperature of his toes. Listen to this recent satellite phone call in which Grant discusses the extremes and what happened when the temperature of his toes dipped 9º below freezing. Click on the photo below to listen.

Grant Korgan, click on image to hear audio

Sounds like the conditions are pretty gnarly–no animals exist this close to the South Pole, the groups members must either be moving or inside the tent in order to avoid serious injury due to the cold temperatures. These guys are are real deal and Grant Korgan is inspiring.

You can help “push” the expedition along by donating to the High-Five Foundation and The Push campaign. Help Grant High-Five at the South Pole. Buy him a “push“.

Weekly High-Five Report: The Push to The South Pole

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On January 17, 2012, two adaptive athletes, John Davis and Grant Korgan, both paralyzed from the waist down, will attempt to reach the South Pole under their own power. Davis and Korgan, along with Doug Stoup and Tal Fletcher, will push themselves 100 miles across Antarctica, planning their arrival to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Robert Scott’s expedition to the South Pole. According to The Push to the South Pole website, the goal of the expedition is to demonstrate,

The capacity of the human spirit to overcome life-altering injuries.  And, perhaps more importantly, the team hopes to inspire people in all walks of life to help others achieve the seemingly insurmountable, to push their own everyday limits, and to live up to their ultimate potential.

Check out this video highlighting the trip and the goals of the expedition. These athletes are beyond inspiring. They are amazing.

The Push – A South Pole Adventure from p2sp on Vimeo.

They even have a countdown to “High-five at the South Pole.” Only 84 days left. Bravo guys. Bravo.