We’re delighted to be supporting the Military Charity, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) on its ambitious trek across The Arabian Desert.
The expedition, called The Grenadier Walk of Oman, will consist of a 4-man team of ex-service personnel, trekking 400km over the course of 21 days.
Over the last couple of months, we have been working with WTWW to provide the team with essential technical clothing and equipment for the expedition including NosiLife shirts and trousers which will be perfect for the environment they will be in.
The brand joins INEOS Automotive, global energy drink brand Monster Energy, satellite technology pioneers, Avanti Communications, the Invictus Games Foundation and wealth & asset manager, Shard Capital to sponsor the expedition.
WWTW’s CEO Ed Parker said, “Without the generous support of our partners, The Grenadier Walk of Oman wouldn’t be achievable. The support these organisations provide WWTW has been pivotal to the progression of the expedition and the generous sponsorship cements these long-standing relationships even further. We look forward to building an exciting and enduring legacy with them all.”
Craghoppers Brand Director, James McNamara, added “We are delighted to be supporting WWTW and the amazing team embarking on this epic walk. We will be providing them with all the technical clothing and accessories they will need. They will be enduring extreme temperatures and walking many kilometres every day – no mean feat. They should feel confident that their kit will keep them cool, protect them from the sun’s harmful rays and look smart, while lasting beyond the distance.”
Planning to start on November 20th 2020 and ending on December 11th 2020, The Duke of Sussex will support the challenge as the official Expedition Patron along with generous support from the Royal Office of HM Sultan Haitham bin Tariq’ and in partnership with the Omani Armed Forces.
The ambitious trek pays homage to the legendary travels Wilfred Thesiger took across the Arabian Peninsula in the 1940s and will also take the team across part of the Empty Quarter— the world’s largest sand desert, before bringing the arduous trek to a close on Oman’s Armed Forces Day.
The final team, all of whom have physical or cognitive injuries, will endure hunger, thirst and extreme temperatures to highlight the extraordinary courage and determination of the men and women who have been wounded while serving their countries and to draw attention to the support needed in their transition to civilian life.
Due to the hostile conditions and the nature of the injuries involved, the expedition teams will be followed by a support team, who will be on hand in case of emergencies.
Trekking around 20km to 22km per day, the team will endure temperatures as high as 95°F as they pull their custom-built cart, weighing in excess of 300kg, across the unforgiving Omani desert.
Before the final team is revealed, they will undergo a rigorous selection process in July to test both their physical and mental strength before preparing for this extraordinary challenge in the Middle East. We look forward to revealing more about the selection process and who is on the expedition team soon.
I’m sure you will join us in wishing all of the team the best of luck for their adventure ahead.