One hundred years after Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s ground-breaking Terra Nova expedition, four unique individuals attempted to reach the most inhospitable place on earth. Two of them being the first adaptive athletes to ever do so.
THE PUSH uncovers the capacity of human spirit across a year-long journey to achieve the seemingly insurmountable ... ... yet the true story that unfolds is the inspiration for all of us to live up to our ultimate potential.
THE PUSH was recently featured at TEDx Connecticut College
THE PUSH proudly supports High Fives Foundation & the Reeve Irvine Center
I just returned from the Southern Californian desert (Imperial Dunes) near El Centro on the Mexican border where it was 118 degrees F. That’s a 160 degree difference to the temperatures we will be expecting on the polar plateau. There I was shooting a BBC television show called Blue Peter.
The Paddle event, August 9-12, was a huge success and one of the most amazing experiences I have had a long time. I have lived in the Tahoe basin since 2001 and was blown away of the beauty Lake Tahoe hold. The team performed amazing well and was a great barometer of fitness and was a true test to see were the team needs to be before we head south. I enjoyed every paddle stroke. I want to thank all the armada: Dennis, Jim, Charles, Annika, Lel, Jarad, Lauren, Fran, Molly, Anik, Katie, Sarah, Roy, Logan, Adam, Shauna, Rissa and all the rest of the supporters who joined in somewhere along the way! Thank you cameramen and support boat. Thank you team! Tal you rock! Johnny D and Grant, you guys are awesome and an inspiration to me and make me proud to be a part of "The PUSH".
Thank you! Mourelato's, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Waterman's Landing, Chase International, Mamasake's, Uncorked and all the other individuals that made the paddle event a success.
Lovin' Lake Tahoe and would love to do it again!
Douglas C. Stoup
photo: The team heading out from Sunnyside just after sunrise, Day 1, August 9th.
There’s been a lot of talk about The Push athletes, but not much mention of the team charged with taking the story to the big screen. This Tahoe–based crew adds another dimension to this group collaboration.
So whom might you see out on the lake this week with a camera in their hands? Or maybe its more accurate to say, with an eye to their viewfinder. When the idea of this project first started to come together, the core team (John, Doug and Tal, before Grant came on board) started to assemble a film production "dream team" (I know, I already used that talk about the cast, but those are the words Steve Siig used when talking about working with this crew, so I guess it goes for everyone involved!).
If you've been reading along, you know what SUP stands for. now you'll know what SDP stands for too! Here's a little comparison and technical breakdown on The Artik sit ski - for the South Pole Push - and the Infinity SDP (Sit Down Paddle) board that John Davis will be using. Grant will be paddling in a kayak.
We have two special guests joining us on August 9th in support of The Push. An Olympic Gold Medal Rower, and a distant relative to Sir Ernest Shackleton who recently traveled to the South Pole.
Ed Ferry is a Stanford Hall of Famer and 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist rower at the Tokyo games. Together with Conn Findlay, the two competed as one of America's greatest ever pair-oared boats. In addition to the 1964 Games, they won the national title in that event in 1961, 1962, and 1964, and were Pan American Games champions in 1963.
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