March to the Top of the Himalayas
The True Patriot Love Expedition is a unique three-week trek in the Himalayas from Everest Base Camp up to Island Peak. What is particularly remarkable about this expedition is that the team is comprised of Canadian Forces military members who are recovering from wounds sustained in the course of their service.
"Sometimes the mountains provide that opportunity for people to look in and challenge themselves, and by challenging themselves, help themselves." Ben Webster, documentary filmmaker, expedition leader.
The True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is an initiative formed by a group of dedicated business leaders to raise funds and awareness for ill and injured soldiers. "For many members of the Canadian Forces, the profound effects of physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder are just beginning to surface," states Bronwen Evans, a TPL founding director. "The True Patriot Love Expedition brings much-needed awareness to the challenges facing military families and helps our foundation achieve our objective of funding support in three crucial areas: the physical rehabilitation of soldiers, mental health, and family support."
Arc'teryx LEAF believes in giving back to those who have given so much, which in this case also includes their livelihoods and their ability to provide for their families. As a Canadian company with roots in the outdoor environment, using the mountains to achieve peace of mind is something LEAF understands. The March to the Top group will be outfitted with Alpha LT Jackets and Beta AR Pants to protect the expedition members from the elements, and make them as comfortable as possible.
"We are proud to partner with Arc'teryx LEAF, whose Canadian founding and strong commitment to the armed forces make them a natural fit. Their generous support will make a tremendous difference to our initiative in the Himalayas this fall." Bronwen Evans, Director TPL
"March to the Top" will be filmed for a multi-part documentary special, airing January 30th on CBC.