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£4,010
raised of £3,000 target by 41 supporters

    Weʼve raised £4,010 to create a grant enabling young people to undertake a human-powered, self-organised, adventurous expedition.

    West Sussex
    Funded on Tuesday, 28th February 2023

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    Raising money for a youth adventure grant... by going on an adventure!

    The Now on Earth Youth Adventure Grant is a new grant for which we are currently fundraising with a fastpacking challenge - an expedition to the western Hajar Mountains of Oman.

    I’m Chloe, a mum from Sussex planning, along with my adventure partner-in-crime Alice, to hike/scramble/run our way roughly 200km across the western Hajar Mountains of Oman. Self-supported, travelling as light as possible, sending food ahead for collection en-route, we’ll be wild camping some nights, interspersed with village BnB / small hotel stays, for approx 2 weeks, later this year. The route is relatively new, created by John Edwards after years of exploring the ancient paths which criss-cross the mountains, and explained in detail in his excellent book ‘Wilderness Trekking Oman’ (available via his website www.hajarhiking.com). The book was published and the first full traverse completed in 2020, but due to Covid restrictions very few have had the opportunity since. We hope to be the first female team to fastpack the traverse! I’m new to fastpacking… and feeling very excited, if a little scared, as one should, embarking on an adventure. Fastpacking is a mixture of trail running and backpacking and involves hiking the ups, jogging the flats, and, where possible, running the downs - although many descents on this trail will be too steep for running. We’ll be on the trail for 5-10hrs per day, with some sections requiring scrambling. Some days will end in villages where accommodation will be available, but we’ll carry simple sleep systems for nights wild camping under the stars. The tracks we’re following vary between donkey caravan routes, unladen donkey tracks and narrow ‘man tracks’, requiring careful navigation. There are a couple of Via Ferrata style ladders to ascend rock faces. We'll pass over 2 mountain summits on the route, including Jebel Shams, the highest peak in the Hajar. Some of these tracks haven’t been in use for generations, and most of the route requires GPS navigation. It’s an exciting and intimidating prospect.

    The grant we are raising money for is aimed at supporting young adults aged 18-24 undertaking their first adventurous expedition. Details at https://www.nowonearth.com/youth-adventure-grant. We believe that adventure can have a hugely positive and long-term impact on self-confidence, resilience and fulfilment. We hope to give some young people the opportunity to challenge themselves on their first adventure, by offering some financial support for their endeavours. Money should not, after all, be a barrier to attempting what could be a transformational life experience! By offering small grants we hope to make these adventures more accessible to more young people.

    We’re facing an unprecedented mental health crisis. There is a growing body of evidence which suggests that adventure and challenge are essential to our wellbeing. In westernised society in particular, the adventurous elements once commonplace in our children’s upbringing have been gradually stripped away by health and safety measures in schools and wider society, the drifting apart of larger, close-knit family groups and communities (which would once have collectively kept an eye on the children, giving them more freedom to explore within safe boundaries), and the risk-averse approach to parenting, often born of fears exaggerated by the constant bombardment, through our 'always-on' technology, of negative media stories.

    This is an imbalance which urgently needs to be addressed. We’re advocates of the #adventurerevolution. By giving young people the opportunity to challenge themselves, adventure can lead them to uncover new perspectives, develop stronger social connections, lessen anxiety, increase self-belief, and access deeper levels of resilience. For further reading on this subject, we recommend Belinda Kirk's 'Adventure Revolution'.

    We'd be thrilled and hugely grateful if you'd like to support us, and help raise funds for the Youth Adventure Grant, which we hope in turn will support future adventurers and change-makers!

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    • Chloe Boxall2 years ago
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    • Chloe Boxall2 years ago
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      Chloe Boxall

      2 years ago

      We made it to Yiqa!! Finished the traverse yesterday, absolutely shattered but had the most incredible adventure. Days camping in the wilderness, met with wonderful Omani hospitality and yomping up some incredible mountains. I cannot lie, this was undoubtedly the slowest ‘Fastpack’ ever. The terrain was technical and challenging, packs were heavily laden with water, heat was at times brutal and frankly trainers were inappropriate 🤣 Running mostly not possible, but there was a fair bit of scrambling and getting lost in deep canyons. 😄

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    • Chloe Boxall2 years ago
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      2 years ago
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      Woohoo!! We're getting close to our target with a month to go before our challenge! Big big thank you to everyone who has got involved and donated so far, you are stars 🌟 We're really looking forward to opening the grant to applications and reading the applicants big adventure ideas. Please share amongst your connections and help us to hit our £3k target!

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    • Your Omani Billy Goat Spirit Guide

      Your Omani Billy Goat Spirit Guide

      Nov 16, 2022

      Baa. Baa. Baa. and Baa!

    • Groundhog UK Limited

      Groundhog UK Limited

      Nov 16, 2022

      Keep up the great work!

      £500.00

    • Figsy

      Figsy

      Nov 16, 2022

      Go girls - awesome achievement

      £10.00

    • Vix Blake

      Vix Blake

      Nov 15, 2022

      Your adventurous spirit is simply amazing - well done girls!!

      £20.00

    • Marie Arymar

      Marie Arymar

      Nov 14, 2022

      Fantastic adventure and a great cause!Marie (Russ’ mate)

      £20.00

    • Phyl and John

      Phyl and John

      Nov 14, 2022

      Keep yomping onward and upward.....! x

    • Good luck Chloe

      Good luck Chloe

      Nov 13, 2022

      Hope it’s going well can’t wait to see you soon love Sophie & Keith x

      £20.00

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    Chloe Boxall

    Chloe Boxall

    West Sussex

    Outdoor and adventure loving mum based in the South Downs. Working in creative marketing, I also run nowonearth.com, a place for stories that inspire adventure, featuring adventure resources, films, articles and podcasts. Currently launching Now on Earth Youth Adventure Grant.

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