The Walk Of America will take place this summer when a team of six veterans from the USA and the UK will walk 1,000 miles from the west to the east coast of America in 14 weeks. Starting in LA on 2nd June and finishing in New York on 6 September, the team will walk by some of America's most iconic cities, landmarks and communities in the US who have done so much to support those who have served.
The Walk Of America will create a platform to tell the stories of wounded veterans and their individual journeys from injury to the present day, as well as encourage a wider conversation around veteran mental health. The expedition will also raise vital funds for veterans both sides of the Atlantic.
After the outstanding success of the North Pole expedition, Walking with the Wounded have set our sights higher for 2012 -- to successfully summit Mount Everest and put 5 wounded servicemen on top of the world.
The expedition will consist of two parts, but each will be challenging in its own way. The first is the 7-day trek from Namche Bazaar in Eastern Nepal to Base Camp at 5380m -- when up to 8 severely injured service personnel will overcome terrain that is a feat for even the fittest of trekkers. Then part of the expedition will continue on -- for the assault on the summit.
Climbing Everest is one of the toughest challenges in adventure exploration: narrow ridges with 3km falls; altitude sickness and immense fatigue; unpredictable weather and sudden storms; precipitous climbing over ice-covered rocks; deep crevasses covered with treacherous snow bridges. It took 30 years of attempts to conquer the mountain, and over 200 people have failed to return from its jagged slopes
Three teams of wounded servicemen and women are embarking upon on one of the most high profile expeditions of modern times, racing across 3° to the Geographic South Pole. Wounded from the UK, the US and the Commonwealth (Australia and Canada) will embark on this grueling challenge.