A group of ex-US Special Operations soldiers are on a record-breaking journey – attempting seven skydives across seven continents in seven days.
The event, called Triple 7, is being operated by Legacy Expeditions – a veteran-owned company that specialises in extreme journeys – to raise $7m in donations and inspire action for the Folds of Honor Foundation.
The 10 soldiers aim to raise enough to pay for 1,400 life-changing educational scholarships for spouses and children of fallen and disabled American service personnel and first responders.
In doing so, they aim to go one better than British skydiver Martin Downs, who holds a world record for his six skydives across six continents, which he achieved in eight days, seven hours and 30 minutes in 2008.
Legacy Expeditions also aims to highlight the accomplishments of US veterans from the Global War on Terrorism by sharing stories about their resilience and growth from combat.
The Triple 7 expedition started at the bottom of the world at Antarctica's Union Glacier Camp.
The veterans then go to Punta Arenas in Chile; Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; the United Arab Emirates; Barcelona, Spain and they end in Tampa, Florida – home of the US Special Operations Command.
The impact of the expedition on the skydivers' bodies will be assessed by US Navy SEAL and Navy Doctor Dr Kirk Parsley – to further understand wellbeing under extreme conditions.
The team will be followed by a documentary crew which includes Dan Myrick, the famous writer, director and producer of The Blair Witch Project.
Legacy Expeditions' previous journeys include the 2022 Iceland Expedition, Viking Sky and Mount Everest in 2021.