Ed and James climb Mount Elbrus
Ed Hoyle and James Ritchie are attempting to summit Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe, which is located in the Caucasus Mountains on the Russian/Georgian border. At 5,642 metres (18,510 ft), it is the tenth most prominent mountain in the world and one of the coveted "Seven Summits" - the highest mountain on each continent. This July 2018 challenge will push them to their mental and physical limits, all to raise for their target of £10,000 for further neurological research.
They are supporting Brain Research UK due to many personal links they have with brain related conditions.
Ed's grandfather and James’ grandmother died from the effects of stroke. Ed's father and James’ uncle are suffering from the reoccurring impact of a brain tumour. James’ grandmother died from, and both of Ed's grandparents are currently battling the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The impact of these conditions is sadly well known to many.
They have been fundraising over the last 12 months and have recently exceeded their £10,000 target. Their fundraising efforts to date have ranged from hosting dinner parties and BBQs to networking events and office cakes sales.
Over the past 6 months their exhausting training has consisted of endurance strength conditioning and cardio based circuits as well as weighted runs and climbs in the Lake District. More recently, during their final weeks of preparation they have undergone their pre-acclimatisation sessions in the altitude simulation chambers, all to best prepare themselves for what they will be facing.