In 2011, Walking With The Wounded set a World Record by taking four wounded servicemen to the Geographic North Pole.
For 2012, the charity set its sights even higher and on the new challenge, and with the help of Glenfiddich, aimed to put five wounded servicemen on the summit of Mount Everest, 8,848m above sea level.
Join us on Wednesday 5th September when Charity Founders Ed Parker and Simon Daglish will take to the stage at The Royal Geographical Society once more, joined by the 2012 Everest Team to tell of their epic experiences from the mountain accompanied with photos and film footage from this endeavour.
The team will speak about their journey from the battle field to the final selection process for joining the summit and base camp teams, including their summits of Manaslu, the world’s 8th highest peak, and Lobuche, and finally their attempt on the world’s highest mountain. Whilst the summit attempt was sadly cancelled this year due to unprecedented conditions on the mountain, the boys will relive their experiences of the challenge, from the initial section process to their training for this massive task.
An Evening On Everest
Royal Geographical Society
6:30pm, September 5th 2012
As part of their training, the Everest team, including the Base Camp team, summited Manaslu, in October 2011, becoming the first disabled climbers to do so. At 8,156m, Manaslu is the world’s 8thhighest peak, deep in the Nepalese Himalaya, and at only 692m shorter than Everest it provided the perfect training environment to test their bodies at altitude. The trip allowed much of the team to encounter some of Everest’s challenges for the first time: the chronic fatigue and energy-sapping high-altitude efforts; crossing deep crevasses on rickety ladders; and managing technical climbing gear in frozen conditions.
During their time on the mountain our team had to overcome the precipitous Khumbu ice field, hurricane force winds and treacherous snow-covered crevasses; their bodies learning to cope with chronic altitude sickness, immense fatigue and bitter cold.
Each member of the team has their own unique challenges to overcome, due to their injuries. Captain Martin Hewitt, who participated in the North Pole expedition, was injured in a firefight in Afghanistan. “My paralysed arm means that I naturally fall to my right side,” he explains, “So balance is a major challenge. … Walking across ladders placed above 300ft crevasses is one part of the expedition I’m certainly not looking forward to.’
Please join us to hear some of the stories from the boys and the mountain, and to learn what is coming next – our biggest expedition yet, and one which has been named as the largest modern day expedition.
Captain Martin Hewitt Gunshot wound to right arm: Paralysed right arm.
Private Jaco Van Gass RPG Attack: Loss of left arm (below the elbow) and internal damage.
Private Karl Hinett Petrol bomb attack: Severe burns to hands, arms and face.
Captain David Wiseman Gunshot wound to the chest, causing nerve damage and internal injuries.
Captain Francis Atkinson Gunshot wound to right upper arm, causing significant nerve damage.
Base Camp Treks Team
Private Daniel Majid Shattered right humerus bone and radial nerve damage.
Sergeant Andy Hawkins Shrapnel damage to both left and right lower legs. Loss of left index finger.
Private Manindra Rai Gunshot wound through right buttock.
Rifleman Chris Gwilt Total deafness in both ears from RPG detonation. Extensive shrapnel injuries.
Walking With The Wounded uses its high profile expeditions to spread awareness of the work it does. Our expeditions are fully funded by our generous partnering corporate, meaning that all charity donations go directly to the vital work which we facilitate. The charity aims to raise funds for education projects and training courses which specifically take in to account the physical and mental injuries sustained by servicemen and women.