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
August 2nd, 2011 - When describing this project, Doug Stoup said "this is the most ambitious project I have ever taken on." After many adventures to both poles, and countless journeys upon the ice, Doug, with the help of Roy Tuscany and High Fives Foundation, assembled this team to achieve nothing short of 100% success - and to bring new challenge to himself. But most of all, Doug says, "I want to encourage other disabled individuals to look beyond their capabilities" and be able to share this amazing experience.
The paddle trip on Lake Tahoe, while certainly a training opportunity with its own challenges, will also provide a more hospitable environment for this group to connect at a level that will only improve their strength as a team. Once on the ice, it's all for one and one for all. There are no other options out there.
August 2nd, 2011 - The Push Lake Tahoe Paddle Event is scheduled to take place August 9th through 12th on beautiful Lake Tahoe. This four-day paddle is a training mission for the team as they prepare for their South Pole expedition in January 2012. “Paddling Lake Tahoe is a soulful experience,” said Davis. “You’re completely surrounded by snowcapped peaks while sitting atop tranquil waters so clear that you can literally see 75 feet down. But the lake also makes for a fantastic cross-training venue as we’ll be paddling approximately 96,800 paddle strokes, just more than half the 176,174 estimated pole pushes it will take to trek 100 miles across the frozen landscape to the South Pole.”
The group will launch the event Tuesday, August 9 at 6 a.m. from Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, 5 miles south of Tahoe City, California, and will paddle clockwise around the lake as they more or less follow the Lake Tahoe Water Trail - www.laketahoewatertrail.org. The team will close the loop on circumnavigating Lake Tahoe, ending their 50-mile paddling exercise, with an official landing taking place at Sunnyside Restaurant & Lodge at approximately 6 p.m on August 12th. More details on their trip are forthcoming!
On January 17, 2012, for the first time in history, two adaptive athletes will push the limits and themselves to the most inhospitable place on the planet - the South Pole. The chosen date marks the 100-year anniversary when Captain. Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova expedition reached the earth’s most remote spot. The expedition includes two adaptive athletes, John Davis, a two-time Paralympic gold medalist, and Grant Korgan, a world-class kayaker and adventurer. Both Davis and Korgan are athletes with spinal cord injuries. The team is led by Doug Stoup, the world’s most traveled explorer to the North and South Poles, along with seasoned guide Tal Fletcher
Davis and Korgan will demonstrate through this expedition - as they literally push themselves 100 miles across the frozen Antarctic landscape - 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.
Seasoned polar explorer Doug Stoup dreamed up this project as a way to bring awareness to HIGH FIVES Foundation and disabled athletes with sports related injuries. While Doug was the brainchild for this expedition, High Fives Foundation was the impetus for putting the project in motion. As Grant explains it, Doug conceived the idea and brought on High Fives Foundation founder, Roy Tuscany, to catalyze the two worlds of polar adventure and spinal cord injury recovery.
Photo: The Push Team in Norway, May 2011.
From left to right: Doug Stoup, Johnny Davis (front), Tal Fletcher, Grant Korgen
July 29, 2011 - At this stage of the project, there is A LOT to talk about. The project really kicked off in January of 2011 when shooting began for the project film trailer. An updated trailer was completed following a training trip to Norway’s arctic Svalbard archipelago in May 2011—a great trip that we will touch on more in future blog posts. The updated trailer is what you will find on the website’s home page now.
But what we are focusing our attention on for the next couple weeks is a fantastic training event that is coming together in our own backyard, Lake Tahoe. Starting next week, you will find a barrage of information about this filmed event and all the fun stuff happening with it. There will plentiful opportunities for the local community to help support the team!
So what is the event you ask? As part of their rigorous training for their difficult journey to the South Pole – all of which will be professionally filmed - Lake Tahoe residents and spinal cord-injury athletes John Davis, a two-time Paralympics gold medalist, and Grant Korgan, a world-class kayaker and adventurer, will kayak approximately 50 miles in 4 days following the Lake Tahoe Water Trail. Guides Doug Stoup and Tal Fletcher of Lake Tahoe will accompany Davis and Korgan on stand up paddleboards.
There has been an outpouring of local support to help put this event together and make it all possible.
On July 26th, the team was joined by some of the amazing community supporters (Tahoe SUP, Waterman’s Landing, Ta-Hoe Nalu) to dial in their rigs and prepare for the four-day trip. Beginning Tuesday August 2nd, you will find daily posts about this trip and all the goings-on. So make sure if you’re in Tahoe between August 9-12, it’s on your calendar! Drop a board in the water and paddle along on a leg, or just cheer them on from the shore!
Photo: The Push team getting used to their rigs in preparation of the Paddle Event, August 9-12 (from left to right, Grant, Doug, John, Tal)
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