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 Grenadier Walk of Oman expedition will commence on 20 November 2020 and will consist of a 4-man team of ex-service personnel, trekking 400km over the course of 21 days, ending on 11 December 2020.
Shard Capital CEO Toby Raincock said,
Toby Raincock, Shard Capital CEO, finished with, “Having supported Walking with the Wounded for many years, Shard Capital is proud to sponsor The Grenadier Walk of Oman trek and in doing so, solidify its relationship with this fantastic foundation. Our team includes a number of people who previously served in the military and together, we salute the bravery of those injured in service who will be participating. We look forward to celebrating their success on completion of this extreme trek.”
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. Details of the selection process and expedition team will be revealed soon.
Other partners include INEOS Grenadier as lead partner, British Outdoor Clothing Brand Craghoppers, Drink & Sports Brand Monster, Satellite Communications Specialists Avanti Communications and The Invictus Games Foundation.