Walking with The Wounded’s Grenadier Walk of Oman team gearing up for departure
The Grenadier Walk of Oman will take five ex-military personnel and one member still currently serving to the hostile environment of the Omani desert.
An already ambitious trek across the Arabian desert will be made even tougher as the team pull a custom-built cart weighing in excess of 100kg with the supplies they will need for the 21-day expedition, testing the teams willpower and teamwork.
Starting on the 18th February and ending on the 9th March, the team, all of whom suffer physical or psychological injuries from their time in Service, will trek between 20 km to 22 km per day. Temperatures will reach 95°F and around 550,000 steps will be taken across the Omani desert.
Ed Parker, CEO of WWTW said: “The expedition is not going to be easy but the strength, courage and resolve of the team taking part has and continues to be an inspiration. Each of them faces their own challenges, and have been physically, mentally, or socially disadvantaged since serving, however, together they will cross the Omani desert. Since Walking With The Wounded was founded 10 years ago, we have taken teams of ex-servicemen and women to the North Pole, South Pole, Everest and across Britain and the USA. The Grenadier Walk of Oman marks our 6th international expedition and another fantastic opportunity to showcase the grit, determination, and resilience of those who served. We are excited to be working together with our incredible expedition Partners as we raise awareness and highlight why we need to support our ex-servicemen and women as they transition from the Armed Forces into civilian life.”
The expedition has been enabled by the backing of INEOS Automotive, whose Grenadier 4×4, due for release in late 2021, stands for the spirit of guts, grit and good humour embodied by the team. Other partners supporting the charity and sponsoring the expedition include Global Energy Drink Brand Monster Energy, Satellite Communications Specialists Avanti Communications, British Outdoor Clothing Brand Craghoppers, leading wealth and asset manager Shard Capital and the Invictus Games Foundation.
The Grenadier Walk of Oman is supported by The Duke of Sussex in his role as the official Expedition Patron, along with support from the Royal Office of HM Sultan Haitham bin Tariq and in partnership with the Omani armed forces.
Follow their journey: www.walkofoman.co.uk