#71 Royal Marines Mountain Leader (ML) | RSM Baz Gray | Plus Message From Jason Fox SBS

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Regimental Sergeant Major Baz Gray served with the Royal Marines’ elite Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre as both a mountain leader (ML) and course instructor. A trained sniper, Baz has served on operations in several conflicts, including Afghanistan, and in recent years has skied solo and unsupported to the South Pole in Antarctica. Tomorrow Baz will attempt to run EIGHTY MILES NONSTOP to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the formation of the COMMANDOS and raise funds for the Royal Marines Charity (links below). This podcast features a cameo by Jason ‘Foxy’ Fox Special Boat Service (SBS) from the TV series SAS Who Dares Wins

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Chris and Baz

C – Baz how are you brother?

B – Really well Chris, great to see you. I haven’t seen you in quite a while with the stuff going on, so it’s great to see your face mate.

C – Yes mate, and yours too. How are you feeling about tomorrow.

B – I’m ready, I’m a bit like you mate, I sort of decided to do this quite late, but fortunately I look after myself and do quite a lot of running anyway. My escape tends to be out on the moors near where I live, so I’ve really knuckled down and focused on doing this run in the last couple of weeks properly. It’s probably not the sort of time you should be giving yourself into an eighty mile run but…

 

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# 30 SAS Elite Special Forces | Louis Rudd MBE | Parachute Regiment | Royal Marines | Who Dares Wins

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After operating behind the lines in the world’s most brutal conflicts, SAS elite special forces Captain Louis Rudd MBE, a former Royal Marines Commando and member of the Parachute Regiment, skied across Antarctica SOLO and UNSUPPORTED, smashing the record book as he did. ‘Who Dares Wins’ If you’ve ever wondered who is better, paras vs marines, Lou’s story will surprise you! … ‘

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Scuba diving in Antarctica. Expedition 2013

The journey south …

As a polar explorer it’s not easy travelling south these days. Not like it was in the early part of the 20th century for the likes of Shackelton, Scott and Amundsen, whose sole preoccupation was sailing scott-free (unless you were Scott or traveling with him) on the open ocean with nothing to occupy their time but stroking huskies and fellow expedition members or surfing Facebook. No, these days you have to battle your way to the Polar Circle through a never-ending stream of frigid bergs hovering below the waterline ready to sink your chances of making Queen, Kate Middleton and Country proud … in the form of airport security, Immigration and KLM stewardesses.

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After spending 40 minutes at Heathrow having my hand luggage searched to check I wasn’t carrying more than my allotted allowance of Semtex, detonators and radical-extremist literature, I ran to the departure gate gutted that I had to forgo my pre-flight pint and the chance to spend time enjoying the truly authentic British pub atmosphere that only an airport departure lounge can offer. Instead, I opted for a bottle of Jack Daniels from the tax-free shop, only to be told by the shop assistant that I couldn’t take it onwards following my connection in Amsterdam and that I would have to drink it on the hour-and-a-half plane ride. Contingency plan! “What would Scott have done in this situation?” I asked myself. So, surreptitiously, I did drink it on the plane, despite having read the in-flight magazine which clearly stated the not bringing of alcohol on-board – along with electronic cigarettes, East Europeans and badger porn. Continue reading “Scuba diving in Antarctica. Expedition 2013”

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