Written by Robert Swan, OBE
2021 Founder & RIKR Range Ambassador
EVERYTHING I USE NEEDS TO BE TRUSTWORTHY, DURABLE AND TOUGH.
When I first met the girls in 2017, they were talking about making a technical backpack from recycled plastic – I said to them that I would be happy to test their products on my upcoming expedition to the geographical South Pole where it would have to survive in conditions of -40C. I take great care and caution when choosing my expedition equipment as at times it can mean life or death.
Two years and two South Pole expeditions later I am here now in the mountains of California training for another South Pole expedition and using my GROUNDTRUTH backpack.
With the convenient access points and pockets, my day hikes here are the perfect terrain to put the bag through hot weather testing. The waist straps sit comfortably on my hips whilst navigating rocks and I can conveniently adjust the sternum strap across my chest. Using this bag gives me hope that we can innovate new technologies and help clean up some of the mess we make – knowing this bag has removed 120 plastic bottles from the environment demonstrates that we can all make a difference.
HIGH PERFORMANCE, RECYCLED MATERIALS AND CARBON NEUTRAL.
After 23 years of sustainable leadership and teamwork experience, through expeditions to both the North and South Pole I strive to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility to build resilient communities and in doing so, preserve the Antarctic and Arctic regions of our planet.
In the year 2041, the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty could potentially be modified or amended. This cannot happen. We must preserve these pristine natural environments. Collaborating with teams like GROUNDTRUTH we can unite and be a stronger force for good.
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