Pulling together major expeditions such as these can be an emotional rollercoaster. The early phases are always particularly difficult as you are trying to get it off the ground, spread the word and build support. But eventually, after a lot of hard work (and soul-searching!) it begins to grow, support begins to trickle in and the momentum builds. And then it gets to a point where it really takes off and you become truly humbled by people’s generosity and good will. It might be a solo expedition but it would not be possible without the support of so many; friends, family, colleagues and sponsors.
This is an Army supported expedition facilitated through the superb Adventure Training Scheme and the support I have received from the Army over the last few months in the form of funding, promoting and preparing for the expedition has been truly outstanding. After 33 years of service its been a great reminder of what a wonderful institution it still is. Of course, major expeditions like this require additional support and funding from commercial backers and again the support I have received has been truly humbling. One of my key sponsors, The Shackleton Company, have gone above and beyond in their support and their enthusiasm for the project is inspiring. In addition, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the following for their ongoing support:
The Infantry Battle School, Brecon
My little brother Nick Rudd
Pete Masters at Skinzophrenic
Gus & Steve…
Rhodri at Nordic Life
All of you and many more are all helping to make this bold and ambitious project a reality and I can’t thank you enough. Plus, I’m sure there’s someone up above watching down on proceedings with great interest…Onwards.