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    Weʼve raised £1,885 to make a documentary about the adventurous life of Rob Gauntlett and his on-going legacy.

    Funded on Sunday, 17th September 2017

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    On 17th May 2006, aged just 19 years old, Rob Gauntlett and James Hooper became the youngest Britons to climb Mount Everest. Just 9 months later in April 2007 they set out to become the first people ever to travel from North Pole to South Pole using only human and natural power, with no help from engines at all. This epic journey took them 13 months and spanned 40,000km as they travelled across 16 countries and 4 oceans. Only months after successfully completing this expedition and being recognised as the National Geographic Adventurers of the Year in 2008, Rob fell to his death in a tragic climbing accident in the French Alps at the age of 21, cutting short a meteoric life.

    Inspired to continue Rob’s impact on the World, Rob’s family and friends began the One Mile Closer project to share Rob’s story, introduce the beauty of adventure to others, and raise money to build a school in Uganda in Rob’s memory - giving the power of education and opportunity to dream to a whole community. So far One Mile Closer has involved hundreds of participants cycling thousands of kilometres across both Europe and South Korea, and in the process led to the creation of Nalango Secondary School serving more than 700 pupils in Uganda.

    Using footage from Rob and James’ expeditions, the One Mile Closer adventures, interviews with Rob’s friends and family as well as the teachers and pupils at Nalango School, this documentary will show how adventure has the power to open our eyes, overcome tragedy and ultimately change lives.

    Our aim is to submit the documentary to an international film festival (such as Sundance) next year, before offering it for television broadcast to reach the widest possible audience.



    • James Hooper3 months ago
      James Hooper

      James Hooper

      3 months ago

      We're thrilled to be able to share the news that we have recently completed the documentary and have submitted it to the Sundance Film Festival. We will be submitting the documentary to a number of other carefully selected film festivals to share Rob's story with many more people. Although we cannot yet share the file with you due to film festival rules, over the next few months we will begin looking in to creating a private screening to which you will all be invited. Thank you all so much again for making this possible! OMC documentary team

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    • James Hooper1 year ago
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      James Hooper

      1 year ago

      A quick video of James explaining the motivation behind creating the documentary:

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    • Claire Cook

      Claire Cook

      Aug 19, 2017

      So pleased you're doing this James. It was a fantastic achievement and I didn't know you had all this brilliant footage. Very poignant to see Rob as well. Good luck and look forward to seeing it! X


    • Jessica Dunsdon

      Jessica Dunsdon

      Aug 2, 2017

      Good luck xxxx


    • The joisce family xx

      The joisce family xx

      Aug 2, 2017

      Wow an inspiration. Thanks for sharing xx


    • Ben Vickery

      Ben Vickery

      Aug 2, 2017

      Good job lads.


    • Ed Turner

      Ed Turner

      Aug 1, 2017


    • Max Jones

      Max Jones

      Aug 1, 2017

      Such a great thing to do! Cant wait!


    • Libby Crozier

      Libby Crozier

      Jul 25, 2017

      Well done and good luck boys!


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