For this challenge with a real difference in Norway this winter our team will retrace the route of the WWII Operation Gunnerside, celebrated in the 1965 film 'Heroes of Telemark'. 

Our team will be taught a range of new skills by highly specialised ex-military winter survival experts, so they can look after themselves in the harsh Nordic winter environment and widen their knowledge of the daring and successful World War II sabotage operations.

Divided into two distinct phases, in the first phase they will be taught and be required to become competent in a variety of arctic skills including Nordic skiing, snow shoeing and survival techniques.  In the second, operational phase, they will take the route taken by special forces operatives in February 1943 to sabotage the German hydrogen plant near Rjukan making 'heavy water' for use in atomic bombs, using the skills learned in the first phase.  This involves a 4-hour ski in white arctic warfare camouflage suits, in challenging mountainous terrain, following the exact route used by the saboteurs 79 years ago. 

Team work, self-discipline and utilising the skills learnt in the first phase will be essential elements in successfully completing this route.

Places on our team are strictly limited to a maximum of 10.  For more details about this unique challenge, once again being organised for 40tude by our specialist event partners Tribal Tracks, please contact [email protected]

Photo of team Telemarking to illustrate 40tudes Telemarking challenge

Skiers in Norway to illustrate 40tude

Photos courtesy of Tribal Tracks