I have done many challenges for many good charities. I have cycled the coast of south Wales. Even climbed Pen Y Fan before but never quite like this.
30 kilometres of every terrain known. Tarmac, chipping’s, moss, mud, stones and grass even at one point a little stream.
I took on the WAAT4 as part of a work team challenge and it became one of the biggest challenge I have ever faced it has also become the base to Something more.
I cant wait to hit the hills again with a new chair and a better idea of what lays ahead.
We started off on the road for the first few miles. After the first check point the mountain formed in front of us. Taking on boulders the size of my wheelchair and steep climbs the reality of the WAAT4 challenge was showing face.
With my team pulling and pushing with all their might and me using my wheels to ramp over the boulders we managed to overcome the first major challenge of this climb. We soon faced the uneven ground. This was still steep and hard work and taking alot of effort. The chair had already started to feel the strains that the WAAT4 was throwing at it. With a wheel buckled and bent the challenge was quickly becoming harder than anticipated.
As team we completed a few minor repairs that was needed and cracked on to the summit. The weather front had moved in bringing the rain and fog with it. There was now the elements against us. Due to the cold people started to struggle with cramp and lactose build up in their legs. Team spirit was still very strong and no one gave up but the mental battles where starting to show.
As we approached the base of the summit the path was almost vertical. We sat on the grass and looked up at the towering mountain knowing there was no way the chair would make it with me in it. The guys where never going to be able to pull me up, the terrain was just to steep. Left with 2 options carry me or I do it on my hands.
We went with option two
With a lot of support from the guys I was on my hands for the last 150 feet to the summit. All the way up was hard and gruelling. I knew I would make it there was no way these guys would let me give up now but my god it was not easy and it took will power. watch the video here
The decent off the mountain was as hard as the climb. The wheelchair had really suffered. The rocky paths never let out and the wheelchair and the team was all suffering.
We got to the 19k check point and the right wheel was so badly damaged that it had stopped turning all together. It was decided for my safety and for the benefit of the team that it was time to call it a day.
I was the first wheelchair user to attempt this challenge and I got as far as I could on THAT day but I helped raise a lot of money and I helped raise a lot of awareness making it all worth while and the highlight was being presented with a fantastic award at the end.
NOW I AM PLANNING NEXT YEAR AND THIS TIME THE CHALLENGE WILL BE BEATEN..