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Katadyn France is supporting the Millet Expedition Project 2014

May 08, 2014

Katadyn France continues to actively support the Millet Expedition Project in 2014 with the brands Katadyn, Optimus, and Trek'n Eat. For seven years, Millet has supported expeditions through the Millet Expedition Project. 300 adventurers have benefited from the MXP since 2007. In April, Katadyn France met with other outdoor industry partners involved to select the winner expeditions for 2014. Again, numerous teams applied for support in product, financing and technical assistance. Eleven groups made it to the finals, but only seven expeditions were chosen for support. The uniqueness of the story, adventure, motivation, feasibility, budget... all these points weighed into the final decision by members of the jury.

And the winners are:

"Handi Cap au large ", the favorite of the jury
Four friends, paragliding and outdoor enthusiasts, want to cross the Alps. Their goal is to connect Liezen, in Austria, with Monaco, by paragliding and handbiking. They want to acknowledge the return in "a new life" for Vincent. Becoming paraplegic after a serious working accident in 2011, this young and energetic Savoyard, went back to paragliding. He regained his feelings and his ability during the flight. The program is made of 1000 km of friendship, solidarity, and demonstration of a green locomotion, scheduled in July 2014. Then, they will make their equipment available to enable others to live great emotions.

"First ascent of Nanga Parbat in winter," the public expedition
Nanga Parbat (8126m) in Pakistan is known to be one of the toughest 8000 meters in the world. It is also a non-climbed summit during the winter. Mahmoud Reza Iraj and three Iranian mountaineers with great experiences want to take up this challenge in January 2015. They are "sure of doing it and establish a record." This is a huge challenge!

Across Antarctica: Stephanie and Jerome Gicquel are two Parisian lawyers experienced in ultra-trails and extreme cold. They will attempt to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. It means 18000 km on skis and without assistance. Their source of motivation is surpassing themselves and the challenge. Beyond performance, they also want to educate young people in polar issues and organize a fundraiser for the association "Little Princes”, who fulfill the dreams of sick children. Departure: November 2014.

Mountain and free flight in the Tian Shan: Laure, 25 years old, and her cousin want to travel by foot, by horse and speed flying, from Almaty, Kazakhstan, to Issyk Kul in the north of Kyrgyzstan. This trip is a way for them to follow in the footsteps of their ancestors, to discover the landscapes described by their grandmother when they were children. They also plan to fly in a wild field and show people of their age that a beautiful project can be achieved with a small budget (less than 3000 euros). Laure, a doctoral student in political science, wishes to take advantage of this trip by collecting ethnographic data and studying the possibility of developing on-site structure to promote free flight. Starting June 15, 2014.

From Tangier to Cape: Fabienne Dupuis is a freelance journalist. She wants to rediscover the feeling of travel by traveling Africa by foot, along the west coast to join Cape Town, South Africa, from Tangier, Morocco. Her trip is scheduled for six to eight months starting November 2014.

First ascent of the unnamed peak (6738m) in Nepal: A project signed by two Spanish mountaineers. Real amateurs who already have to their credit several major accomplishments like the integral of Peuterey. Scheduled for April 2015.

Chadar Frozen River: Patrick de Smet and three old friends want to follow the frozen river of Chadar in Zanskar, and meet the local people by sinking into remote valleys. These four Belgians are multisport practitioners, and used to long-distance treks (Nepal , India, Cambodia ... )


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