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Walking With The Wounded select Multimat for 2013 South Pole Challenge

30th January 2013 by Multimat

In December 2013, three teams of wounded service personnel from The United Kingdom, The United States and the Commonwealth of Nations, all with either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty, will set out to race to the South Pole in the largest Walking With The Wounded expedition to date.

All three teams will be equipped with Multimat sleep systems; Summit XL original foam base mats, Summit 25/38 self-inflating mats and our highly durable Tent Underlay.

HRH Prince Harry; Patron for both the 2011 North Pole and 2012 Mount Everest expeditions, will continue his involvement with the charity of which he is a passionate supporter.

The South Pole Allied Challenge aims to demonstrate the close bond between the participating countries both on and off the battlefield; in rehabilitation and recovery as the teams tackle the inhospitable Antarctic, overcoming both the savage conditions and their own individual injuries.

The expedition will last for up to four weeks, crossing 335km of the Antarctic Plateau, racing to The South Pole. Each team will be led by a Polar Guide, a challenge mentor, and a globally-recognised media personality. A dedicated medical and support crew will accompany the adventurers for the duration of the race. Safety remains the core principal of our expeditions.

Whilst trekking for 15 to 20km per day, the teams will endure temperatures of -45°C, 50mph winds, vast crevasses, moving ice shelves, crumbling glaciers and fierce snow storms as they pull their pulks, each weighing in excess of 70kg, towards the southern most point on the globe.  
Adding to these challenges, taxing for any able-bodied adventurer,  will be the life-changing physical and cognitive injuries sustained by the team members during their military service.

The teams will represent and raise funds for military charities from the constituent nations: Walking With The Wounded from the UK, Soldier On from Canada, Soldiers to Summits from the United States and Soldier On from Australia.

Multimat are pleased and proud to support this extraordinary expedition, and wish all three teams every success throughout their advance training and the challenge itself.


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