Monday, 24 July 2017 11:15

Alex Staniforth completes epic 5000 mile journey for Young Minds charity

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Alex Staniforth has become the youngest person to climb all 100 UK county tops after completing a non-stop 5,000-mile journey on Flintshire’s Moel Famau yesterday.   

The 22-year-old began his Climb The UK Challenge on Cheshire’s Shining Tor on May 13th and has since walked, cycled, and run to the highest point of every county in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in just 72 days; which also makes him the fastest person to complete the challenge.ClimbtheUK 1

Setting off from Derbyshire Bridge for the 1st summit - Shing Tor

Alex – who planned and navigated his entire trip using the ViewRanger app – battled extreme weather, injury and exhaustion on a journey that saw him climb the equivalent of 13 Mount Everests and raise more than £20,000 for his chosen charity Young Minds.

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Alex on Ben Nevis

“It feels surreal to have completed my hardest challenge to date,” said Alex. “Reaching the top of Moel Famau felt like climbing my own Everest, but even better because I’ve been able to share this journey with the hundreds of people who joined me along the way.  

"I’m elated to have doubled my original fundraising target of £10,000 – but I’m so exhausted I’m just looking forward to being able to stop and not cycle anywhere for a while!”

Alex’s journey was almost entirely human-powered, including a return kayak journey across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, with the only motorised transport being ferries to Northern Ireland and the Scottish islands.

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Travelling with minimal kit and often cycling more than 80 miles a day, reliable navigation was vital to the success of the challenge. Using a combination of the ViewRanger app, a rugged CAT S60 smartphone and a CASIO PRO TREK Smart watch, Alex was able to successfully navigate all 100 peaks – including the iconic summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon and Slieve Donard – with supporters following his progress live on ViewRanger’s tracker map.

“ViewRanger has been absolutely invaluable and the best navigation companion for a challenge of this size,” Alex said. “It’s taken me to the highest point of all 100 UK counties where quick and effective navigation was so important. I knew I could rely on the app to do what I needed – even in the most extreme conditions.”

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Moel Famau and the end of an epic journey

Now we can’t wait to see what he does next!

Relive Alex’s journey on his ViewRanger tracker map here.

Download the ViewRanger routes for every Climb The UK peak here.

Sponsor Alex’s challenge by donating to YoungMinds on his Just Giving Page.