The Squaw Valley Institute is set to hold a Welcome Home Event for the South Pole Push Expedition tomorrow, January 31st. The Tahoe-based team, led by adaptive athlete Grant Korgan made history on January 17th with the very first team of adaptive athletes trekking to the South Pole. The event begins on Tuesday, January 31st from 6pm to 9pm at Squaw’s Bar One.
The Push Welcome Home Event will be the first appearance by the team since returning from the expedition. There will be a featured talk led by Grant Korgan accompanied by a slideshow featuring the photography taken during the trek by Keoki Flagg. The journey was also captured on film by Tom Day who is a Warren Miller Cinematographer. Day is slated to give attendees a sneak peek at some of the footage taken during their time in the South Pole. The production team is currently editing the content together to produce “The Push; A South Pole Adventure. The documentary film and TV series will be presented on NBC Universal Sports, and is scheduled for release in the fall of 2012.
“This year, Squaw Valley Institute celebrates its 10-year anniversary, and in doing so is launching a new agenda this year titled ‘Inspiring Uncommon Conversations’ filled with both luminaries and unique local figures,” said Squaw Valley Institute Board member, Matthew Stromgren. “The Push event is special for us, as we will be donating all proceeds to the High Fives Foundation as a way to give back to our amazing community.”
The Push expedition was assembled in support of the Truckee-based High Fives Foundation, the non-profit established in support of fallen athletes. Grant Korgan was the fifth athlete to receive a grant form High Fives after he incurred a paralyzing injury to his L-1 vertebrae in a snowmobiling accident back in 2010. Since embarking upon the long road of recovery, Grant and his wife Shawna have dedicated themselves to moving forward using activity-based methods such as the South Pole trek. During the expedition the team covered over 75 miles in a climate that sees temperatures of -35 degrees. Grant made his push using a custom sit ski built for the most inhospitable terrain on the planet. After nearly two weeks of trekking, the team reached the South Pole on January 17th which is also the 100-year anniversary of one of the Pole’s first explorers, Captain F. Scott.
Those of you in the neighborhood are encouraged to attend the event at Squaw. Tickets for the Push Welcome Home Event are $10 for Squaw Valley Institute members, and $15 for non-members. They are available at the door and at www.squawvalleyinstitute.org. A no-host bar will be provided along with appetizers courtesy of Squaw Village’s Mamasake and Dubliner along with Truckee’s Full Belly Deli.