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Panasonic Toughbook supports Khumbu Challenge

Panasonic Toughbooks helped keep recovering injured armed service personnel in touch with friends and family and their back-up as they climbed to Everest Base Camp as part of the Khumbu Challenge in October 2009.

Three teams, consisting of 20 trekkers each and 5-7 less-able service personnel injured or traumatised in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, spent 5 weeks on the mountaineering expedition in the Nepal Himalayas. There was also two climbing teams.  Team one attempted the difficult and demanding Ama Dablam (6800m). Team two attempted Lobouche East (6200m) and Island Pk (6300m).

Panasonic donated five CF-30 and two CF-52 laptops so the teams could stay in contact with base camp, update the expedition website with blogs and videos, communicate with friends and family and call in emergency support should the need arise.

The Khumbu Challenge aims to provide injured members of the armed forces with an exceptional experience to help in their rehabilitation.  They undertook the famous and testing trek to Everest Base Camp, which included an ascent of Kala Pattar, known for its amazing views of Mt Everest.

The Khumbu Challenge is part of Project FORTITUDE, an initiative to provide rehabilitation opportunities for marines, sailors and soldiers injured in operations. The aim is to enhance the support to individuals and their dependants during the rehabilitation phase from point of injury until re-integration within the Royal Marines, Royal Navy or integration into civilian employment, care or retirement.

Following the successful completion of the Khumbu challenge, two Panasonic CF-52’s were donated for future use by Project FORTITUDE, which is run by the Haslar Company in Devonport. The Toughbooks will be used to support other recovering armed service personnel on forthcoming adventure training recuperation exercises.