GWP Packaging help Royal South Pole Challenge

By Anita Jaynes on 10 March, 2014

When 12 wounded servicemen, accompanied by Prince Harry, prepared to set off to the South Pole, minimizing the weight of their equipment was paramount. However, with temperatures potentially falling to -35°C, expedition managers recognised that valuable electronic equipment would need protecting against the ruthless conditions and the solution they chose, Peli Storm cases from Wiltshire-based specialist packaging company GWP, proved popular with the team.

The servicemen were taking part in Walking With The Wounded’s Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge last December.  The expedition saw three teams of wounded servicemen and women – from the UK, US and the Commonwealth – race 335km to the South Pole.  The UK Team Glenfiddich all needed to carry with them valuable possessions and equipment such as personal cameras and satellite phones, which had the potential to be damaged by the extreme temperatures.

Wiltshire-based GWP Protective, a manufacturer and supplier of specialist protective packaging, donated 30 cases to the expedition.  Peli Storm cases can be used in temperatures from as low as -40°C without fear of hinges sticking or breaking.  They are also completely waterproof and virtually impossible to break, which made them an ideal choice for an extreme expedition such as the South Pole Allied Challenge.

Chris Downey from Team Solder On was a big fan of the case.  Chris commented: “When first given the case, I thought to myself, do I really need this extra weight? Once in Antarctica, the answer was yes! Not only did it store and protect all my electronic equipment, i.e. solar panel kit, mini speaker, IPod, spare batteries, etc….It was the perfect night table. It gave me a flat stable surface when in my tent. I would set up my mini speaker and IPod for the evening and rest my diary on it, keeping it off the ground. We even used one to set our mini espresso on…even though we realized that wasn’t our greatest plan!”

Polar explorer Eric Philips explained why the case was so vital for him: “As a polar guide I need to carry all sorts of fragile and sensitive equipment, from comms gear to cameras to medicines. Without GWP’s protective case, I would not only have risked damaging or destroying important kit, I could imperil an entire expedition.  The cases were light, strong and reliable, a real must-carry item on any expedition.”

CEO of GWP Group, David Pedley, said: “We were really pleased to hear that the cases were so popular with the team.  The expedition was a great success and raised vital funds to support our wounded service personnel so I’m delighted that GWP was able to play a small part in this.”

Walking With The Wounded raises funds to train the wounded, injured and sick, assisting them to find a career outside the Military. Whether suffering a physical or mental injury, whether a service leaver or veteran, Walking With The Wounded want to help provide our wounded with the future they deserve.