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March To The Top: Check Out 12 Wounded Canadian Soldiers As They Climb A 20,000 Foot Summit
February 16, 2013
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Here's something for you to check out tomorrow night - a compelling documentary called 'March To The Top'.

It's about 12 former soldiers with the Canadian Forces, who set out to conquer Island Peak - a mountain in the Himalayas not far from Mount Everest.

To get to the summit, they have to climb 20,305 feet.

All 12 soldiers were wounded while serving our country, and are either ill or still recovering from their injuries.

The video at the top is a sneak preview. You can watch a longer preview here.

The idea behind it all, according to the 'March To The Top' website, is to help the soldiers with the "rediscovery of self and their emotional, physical and mental rehabilitation."

The film follows the soldiers every step of the way - their training in the Canadian Rockies; their arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal; their month-long trip to Everest base camp; and the struggle to reach the summit of Island Peak.

The filmmakers also go to the soldiers' homes to meet their families, to talk about what their lives are like now, and what their plans are down the road.

You can find out more about the soldiers and what they've been through here. And you can check out the March To The Top blog here, including thoughts and stories from the soldiers about their experience.

Two of the soldiers - Corporal Franck Dupéré and Master Corporal Peter Burcew - were on our show this week.

In this clip, MCpl Burcew talks about what inspired him to be part of this.

You can see the full interview here.

Before the soldiers set off on their journey, Canadian country music star Paul Brandt performed for them in the Rocky Mountains of Canmore, Alberta.

When he was on our show this season, Brandt talked about what that moment meant to him and told a poignant story about a small child.

You can see Paul Brandt's send off to the troops here.

'March To The Top' airs tomorrow (February 17) at 8 pm ET on the Documentary Channel. You can catch it again on Monday (February 18) at 8 pm on CBC-TV.

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