Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Ready to start the 7 summits challenge?

Brian, the Expedition Wise Ltd. director and founder, has been leading expeditions across the globe for over 20 years helping hundreds of people achieve their personal goals, whether that be reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro or trekking along ancient monuments such as the Great Wall of China.  In this time Brian has amassed a wealth of expedition and mountaineering knowledge and is always keen to share this with others for their benefit.
In 2014 Brian will be leading two exclusive mountain expeditions to 2 of the 7 highest summits on each continent, Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mount Elbrus in Europe.  Having successfully summited Kilimanjaro 17 times and Elbrus 3 times Brian is the ideal team leader and you can benefit from all his experience and intimate understanding of each mountain by signing up to join him. 
If you would join us on either of these expeditions or like to learn more about reaching the top of Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world or the magnificent snow capped peak of Elbrus in the Caucasus mountains, please e-mail us on the address below.

Please also take a moment to take a look at Brian's Just Giving page below for his upcoming first ascent expedition to the Himalayas and please give what ever you can.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

A very busy summer

Well it has been a fantastic few months for us here at Expedition Wise with teams quite literally across the whole of Europe challenging themselves on foot and bike.

In July the JDRF Global Cycle Challenge team set off from the pretty village of Vaz on the edge of the Dolomite mountains with the route and challenge laid out before them.  The group set off to tackle the first day, a mere 120km with 2800m of climbing.  This was followed by 102km and 2200m on day 2 and a gentle final day of 116km and 3200m.  So over the entire 3 day challenge route the group had cycled nearly the same height as Everest!  In addition to this they also have to date raised an phenomenal $260,000 for JDRF which is truly amazing.

Also during July, back here in the UK we ran a number of challenges including a team raising funds to support Walkabout were taking on the demanding 3 peaks challenge which encompasses the 3 highest points in Scotland, England and Wales which adds up to an equally astonishing 26 miles and over 3000m of ascent. The Transaid team enjoyed some stunning views during their Snowdon memorial climb, followed but some equally fantastic food and drink afterwards.  We are especially proud of the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge that visited all the grounds used in the Ashes series, culminating at Lords the day before the completion started.  This covered some of the best countryside in the UK and covered over 330 miles.  We were joined but some truly brilliant cyclists, which included the cricketing legend Mike Gatting who say a little about the event here.

Then this last month saw Brian lead a small team to successfully summit Elbrus in Georgia, one of the 7 summits.  The team had to struggle with several days of poor weather and heavy snow fall which saw a number of avalanches high on the mountain.  A number of teams decided to descend but with Brian keen eye  noticed a chance of a weather window so they grabbed this with both hands and reached the summit in the early morning and were safely back down at the base for dinner.  We will be returning next year so please get in touch if you would like to join us.

Finally we have just had our last London to Paris event for the year to come home after more fantastically challenging weather, this didn't dilute the amazing cycling through the Hampshire countryside then down through the rolling fields of Northern France via Dieppe and into the bustling capital of Paris, finishing beneath the iconic Eiffel Tower.  Well done to everyone who took part. 

There is no rest for the wicked though as we still have several more cycle challenges taking place this month as well as the epic Brutal, a double iron man distance triathlon!