British adventurer LOUIS ALEXANDER is attempting to climb Pen y Fan, in South Wales, 10 times in under 24 hours whilst wearing a 10kg weighted vest to raise funds and awareness for Walking With The Wounded.
Project 10 y Fan will include over 60km of distance and over 14,000 feet of ascent, all in under 24 hours. He hopes to raise over £3,000 for the charity: who support wounded veterans with reintegrating back into society, through mental health support, finding employment and more.
The weighted vest he will wear during the challenge is a small representation of the injuries, both physically and mentally, that our veterans are suffering from because of their service.
The charity itself was launched back in 2010, in fact it was Prince Harry who spoke at the launch in March of that year.
WALKING WITH THE WOUNDED support those who have served in the Armed Forces and their families, empowering them to regain their independence, thrive and contribute in our communities. They continue to support ex-service community at this difficult time. They also work with and will continue to support our incredible NHS.
Louis has a tough challenge ahead of him but is proud to have the support of adventurers Louis Rudd MBE and Jordan Wylie as patrons:
Louis Rudd MBE (Record-Breaking Polar Explorer & Former Special Forces) said…….
“Having trekked over Pen y Fan many times during my SAS career I can appreciate the enormity of the challenge Louis has set himself. To climb it 10 times within 24 hours will take serious stamina, determination and will power. A true test of endurance and for a worthy cause, I wish him the best of luck. Onwards!”
Jordan Wylie (Extreme Adventurer & Bestselling Author) offered his support too…..
“I wish Louis the best of success on his latest inspirational and creative endurance challenge which is fundraising in aid of another great cause”
Adventure and fundraising is nothing new to Louis. After climbing Mt Kilimanjaro at 19 years old, with no mountaineering or altitude experience, he found a new passion for adventure and charity work. This resulted in him leaving his job at the end of 2019 to commit fully to his first big project: 20 endurance challenges in 2020!
Over the last couple of years, Louis’s fundraising has raised over £21,000 for several charities close to his heart.
So what about the challenge that lies ahed?
Nestled in the beautiful landscape of the Brecon Beacons National Park, lays Pen y Fan. Due to its stunning views from the peak, it’s estimated that 350,000+ people climb to the summit each year. This number has been growing over the years as the mountain has become more and more popular. It sits 886 metres (2,907 ft) above sea-level, making it the highest peak in South Wales.
When you hear of people setting out to ascend Pen y Fan, you can almost guarantee that later that day, you’ll see them posting online, standing next to the marker that is placed at the highest point on the mountain. In fact, due to the amount of people that climb Pen y Fan each year, the plaque has become one of the most photographed locations in Wales.
The summit signs have been touched by tens of millions of people over the years, as they pose to take a photo or selfie with it.
You may notice that we said summit signs there, rather than the summit sign. That’s because, the current sign is not actually the original.
As you can imagine, the sign takes a heavy beating, standing proud at the summit. With the constantly changing weather on Pen y Fan, to the adults and children alike climbing over and touching it, there’s no wonder that every so often, it needs to be replaced.
If you are planning to climb Pen y Fan, you really do need to keep a check on the conditions, you can do that here – WEATHER.
And if you’d like to explore the trail, and see where Louis is climbing, just go here – TRAIL.
If you’d like to find out more, and support Louis in his Project 10 y Fan challenge, just go HERE.