Wounded U.S. Vet in South Pole: "Big Challenge For Us"

Dec 2, 2013 2:43 PM

Wounded servicemen and women from the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia are competing in the 208-mile Walking with the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge. The charity race in Antarctica aims to raise money and awareness for disabled veterans transitioning back to civilian life.

Members of the U.S. team are filing voice blogs for CBSNews.com. Below is a dispatch from veteran Mark Wise, who was wounded by an IED in Afghanistan in 2009:

We just reached the end of day one. We’ve been practicing and acclimating over the past few days, but today was our first day skiing with the race under way, and were currently just a little behind the Brits and ahead of the Commonwealth Team.

The first full day of skiing has been a big challenge for us, and I don’t think everybody realized just how heavy the pulks were (the sleds that the team members drag that carry their supplies), but it’s been great to work together as a team and get some miles and kilometers underneath our belt.

I think everybody’s hoping to have some hot chow now and relax a little bit so we can go ahead and get out and ski again tomorrow. So thanks for your support, keep watching us, and we’ll keep moving onward.


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