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The aim of my proposed trek is to replicate the old Army Welsh 3000 competition that prevailed during the 60s and 70s, in the process raising as much money for H4H as possible. The plan is to complete the route within a 24 hour period, but at the same time not engage in a race as the journey is filled with numerous risks. Nevertheless, if the trek can be completed within daylight hours this can be considered an extra bonus.
H4H as most people know provides a network of support to wounded armed forces personnel and their families. For example, the charity funds recovery centres across the UK, rehabilitation centres like Headley Court, adventure training schemes for badly injured servicemen, and immediate financial support to families of those killed in action and to personnel with life-changing injuries. In order to continue carrying on this good work more money needs to be collected; please give generously.
My endeavour is truly a daunting one. Anyone who has completed or attempted to complete the Welsh 3000 will confirm this, whatever the route taken. I will be tracking the old Army Welsh 3000 route with the extra inclusion of a climb to the summit of Snowdon (the Army competition started from the top of Snowdon). This will add a further 3-4 miles to the journey and probably 2.5 hours to the time (its a tough climb). The official finish will be on a spot height called The Drum at a height of approximately 2,400 ft. However, the walking will continue for another 2 to 4 miles via rough terrain depending on the route selected to a suitable pick-up point, adding a further one to two hours to the journey. The total distance involved is therefore likely to be in excess of 30 miles, more or less 50 kms. I make no apologies to the fact that this trek will be recorded in imperial measurements, as was the original Welsh 3000.
I will be climbing all 15 peaks over 3,000 ft in Snowdonia, as well as the 16th not officially recognised. When I did the army Welsh 3000 competition some 42 years ago only 14 peaks were officially acknowledged at that time, although the route did go up the 15th. The one day Welsh 3000 is one of the toughest and physically demanding challenges in the UK, if not the world, and for a 67 year old person to undertake such an arduous venture is unusual if not a little adventurous. Nonetheless, it can be done and is being undertaken in the name of an excellent cause. I will be using a tracker device which will report my location at various intervals as well as the coordinates of each peak reached back to my support team. In addition, I will take a few photographs on the way as further evidence of the task completed. At this point in time the event date has not been specifically identified. An update will be announced in due course.
I intend to make available a suitable sponsorship form in order that offline donations can be made through the postal order and cheque systems. It would be greatly appreciated if you could print this form off and distribute it to friends, family, work colleagues, etc, so that non-computer and off-site users have the opportunity to make a contribution. The event is also registered on the Help for Heroes website and donations can be made through that facility. Please ensure that donations go to the Solo Welsh 3000 Trek event.
I hope you will support me in this venture and give as generously as possible to the charity concerned.
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