I’ve dedicated the last few years trying to climb the highest there is. A journey that gave me so much more than expected – the amazing opportunity to make a difference and inspire others, whom their daily Everest could simply be getting out of bed. Through time I’ve started to wonder whether climbing Everest is still the best way to achieve this. The mountain itself doesn’t float the boat for me right now. My mid-life crisis may have started a tad prematurely at 21, but I have plenty of time to go back when the time is right and the burning desire returns.
In the meantime… my next project “ClimbTheUK” will involve climbing to the highest point of all 100 counties in the United Kingdom. ClimbTheUK will take me over 4,000 miles in approximately two months on foot and bike to the variety of mountains*, hills, roads and tops of the ceremonial counties of England and historic counties of Wales, Scotland and N Ireland. The journey will be almost entirely human-powered barring a couple of ferries – having decided the Orkney Isles is probably not a good place to learn how to kayak…
* my Scottish friends will point out that England doesn’t have any real mountains!
CTUK will commence on May 13th 2017 (National Mental Health Week) on Shining Tor in Cheshire and finish on Moel Famau, Flintshire. I will be self-supported and staying in hostels along the way. A full route/schedule and tracker via the amazing Viewranger app will follow soon. My route will be open to all, providing a chance for anyone to join, follow and become part of the journey. I want to inspire the young, old and wise; or those who haven’t tried.
CTUK will also raise as much as possible for YoungMinds UK, the mental health charity. Mental illness affects people of all ages and sizes. Myself included. By engaging every corner of our home turf, we can get every corner of the UK talking about mental health and #WhoTriesWins.
… Who’s with me?!
Delighted to announce Westgrove Group and YHA England & Wales as the major sponsors for CTUK with more supporters to be announced in due course.