Our Chairman, Simon Knighton, tells us why he is excited to be climbing Mount Edith Cavell in August 2015 and why you should sign up too!
Being a keen mountaineer myself it was an easy decision to sign up to the Mount Cavell Challenge!
I am the Chairman of Cavell Nurses’ Trust and felt it was necessary to get involved and take part in the challenge of a lifetime whilst raising funds towards an incredibly worthy cause. I am raising money for Cavell Nurses' Trust because they help nurses, midwives & health care assistants in need, I am proud to say I am helping care for those who care.
I was recently lucky enough to be able to fly out to Canada and climb Mount Edith Cavell myself. I was able to travel out in the same week as is planned for the 2015 trip, August 22nd – 29th. I experienced beautiful clear blue skies and a thoroughly enjoyable trek through coniferous woodland and conquered the snow-capped summit of Mount Edith. The paths were scenic and a dream to walk on; although once clear of the woodland I encountered challenging scree slopes with lose talus rocks. No ropes or technical equipment was required on my ascent of the mountain.
The climb itself took 12 hours and was physically demanding in parts, although it was no match for a determined mind! The trek itself was thoroughly enjoyable with breath taking scenery of dramatic mountain peaks, ice fields and plunging glaciers.
Completing the ascent of Mount Edith Cavell is just one of the many challenges available whilst taking part in the Mount Cavell Challenge. There is also a range of rock climbing, white water rafting, mountain biking, mountaineering and trekking challenges to all be tried, and after seeing the terrain that surrounds Jasper these challenges will definitely live up to expectation!