OE Magazine’s gear guru Lucy Wallace has been pushing herself as well as her equipment to the limit, in an epic four day trek to link all the trig points on the Isle of Arran in a single unsupported push. Raising money for Arran Mountain Rescue, and the mountain rescue team on Mulanje, Malawi, she trekked 120km over four days, camping out each night. On the way she tackled mountain summits, waded rivers and navigated pathless moorland, in conditions that ranged from glorious Scottish sunshine to what she described as “horrendous – I even had to abandon camp on the first night due to the strong winds. It was well worth it though, I’ve had fantastic support and generous donations from so many people, and I’m delighted to have been able to do this for mountain rescue both at home and in Malawi.”
So far she has raised over £1000 for her chosen causes. She is now on her way to Malawi to hand over half the money raised to the mountain rescue team on Mulanje. However, it is still possible to donate to the Arran Mountain Rescue Team via their JustGiving page:
Meanwhile, OE editor David Lintern and friend David Hine completed a gruelling 15 day coast-to-coast challenge, walking and paddling between the nine highest mountains in the UK, using inflatable packrafts. Starting at the westernmost point on the mainland, the two David’s travelled off-trail and on water to the top of Ben Nevis (pictured), as well as climbing the other three mountains over 4000ft in the Lochaber area of Scotland, before dashing across the country to attempt the five remaining mountains in the Cairngorm National Park. The pair set out to raise money and awareness for the John Muir Award, an outdoor learning scheme working with over 1200 groups and 30 000 people a year across the UK.
Our editor said; “Conditions on the Cairngorm tops were pretty sketchy, with high winds and dangerous cornices. We made the difficult decision to bail on two of the nine summits we were aiming for. Like any big endeavour, the trip had its up and downs, but I hope we’ve managed to raise a few bob and a smile or two for a very worthy cause”. You can catch up with the adventure on Instagram using the hashtag #c2c4k, and watch a short video at: www.vimeo.com/128885208.
Donations are also welcome at www.givey.com/c2c4k.