Following the huge success of Harry’s Mountain Heroes, which aired on Monday 27th August, our team of wounded soldiers are preparing to again give you an insight into the difficulties they faced as they took on one of nature’s most imposing challenges: the Himalayas. This time you can meet the team and hear first-hand what an expedition in one of the world’s most inhospitable environments required.
On Wednesday 5th September 2012 at 18:30 the team will take centre stage at the Royal Geographical Society to discuss with you their historic assault on Mt Everest.
Jaco van Gass lost his arm after been hit by a rocket propelled grenade in Afghanistan and, having been a part of the record breaking trek to the North Pole in 2011, jumped at the opportunity to again represent Walking With The Wounded in a second fund-raising expedition: ‘Yes, we all have injuries which made it more difficult but we shared a real determination and relied on our training for large parts of the expedition, but some things were down to sheer guts. Because I am missing my left arm I found balance difficult at times and also it was hard to manipulate the ropes. Martin had similar problems but we improvised – we even used out teeth to hold ropes sometimes!’
Millions of people tuned it to watch the TV documentary on Bank Holiday Monday and this is your opportunity to meet the team and hear first-hand their accounts of the epic Mt Everest 2012 Expedition.
“We’re all looking forward to the Royal Geographic Society event. We’re proud of what we achieved up on Everest and we’re all very, very proud to have done all that to raise funds which go directly to helping other wounded service personnel. It will be great to share that all with people and hopefully, through our commitment to this great cause, inspire then to support the charity too”
– Dr Francis Atkinson – pictured above – Team Member of the Everest 2012 Expedition
Dr Francis Atkinson, pictured above.
An Evening On Everest
Royal Geographical Society
6:30pm, September 5th 2012