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Huddersfield man Mike Dann and his team cross dangerous Iceland glacier

Huddersfield adventurer Mike Dann delighted  

Huddersfield adventurer Mike Dann is celebrating.

He and his heroic friends have successfully completed a daunting trek across a dangerous Iceland glacier - by snow kite.

And they have done so despite facing 80mph storms on some days and a total lack of wind on others.

The 4People6Legs team tweeted last night: “We’ve done it. Ran out of wind and snow to reach the hut, but we’re off the glacier. Yippeeeeee.”

Dann, of Longwood, and the team crossed the Vatnajokul glacier in six days.

It is the second time the team have mounted the expedition but the first, in April 2014, had to be halted when one of the team fell ill.

Sean Rose in training for the glacier challenge

Dann, 37, Paralympian ski champion Sean Rose, 44, Kieron Jansch, also 44, and Max Smith, 51, used their specially-designed snow-kites and sleds to cross the 185 miles across the glacier.

They are hoping to raise thousands of pounds for the Wings of Life Spinal Cord Research Foundation.

Before they began, Dann said: “The worst of the winter is over but we could be kiting in temperatures of minus 5°C and at some points it could drop down as low as minus 40°C.

“There is always a risk in crossing a glacier but this is well-mapped and we plan to stick to a route that takes us clear of any crevasses or ravines.”

Rescue time after the ill-fated 2014 trip

They began their bid on April 17, after a flight delay, and were almost immediately hit by storms and 80mph winds.

The team had to build 7-foot high snow walls around their tents to wait out the storms.

On other days, they were frustrated by a total lack of wind but finally reached the end on Sunday night.

The team tweeted: “Days like this make 5 years of dreaming worthwhile.”

Camping out on the glacier



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