An Edinburgh-based walking enthusiast is ready to pack up his things, dust off his walking boots and head across the Atlantic to raise money for a good cause.
Edinburgh College Computing lecturer Freddie Johnson will head out to Canada on a trekking adventure in aid of Marie Curie Cancer – a charity very close to his heart.
Freddie, who has worked for the College for the past 29 years, has hosted a number of fundraising activities over the past year leading up to this final challenge which will see him hike 70 miles over 5 days across the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
Freddie will set off on Saturday 22 June alongside a group of 22 others from all over the UK and return on Sunday 30 June. Freddie recently attended a meeting in London to be briefed on the challenge and got the chance to meet the other participants.
Day one of the trek will see Freddie and the group undertake roughly 2-4 hours of hiking as they set out towards the mighty Columbia Icefield, along one of the most beautiful highways in the world with its glittering glaciers, emerald lakes and dense conifer forests.
The group will start day two of the trip with a 5km trek to the area of the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake at 2,170m and work his way through the open meadows and climb to 2,600m.
Day three will see the group follow a series of switch back trails to Parker Ridge, where they will enjoy spectacular views out across the Columbia Icefield and over the Saskatchewan Glacier.
On day four, the group make their way to the stunning shore of Moraine Lake where they will climb steadily through forest to the beautiful Larch Valley.
Finally, the group will start off at the Sunshine Village and follow a trail across the continental divide at a height of 2,300m into the stunning Mount Assiniboine National Park, before enjoying a celebration meal underneath the stars to mark the end of challenge.
Freddie said: “I am fundraising for Marie Curie as it’s a charity very close to my heart. My mum needed their help before she passed away with cancer at the age of 66 and the support they provided her with was fantastic, so I would really like to give something back.
“I have done a few fundraisers before and around 20 years ago I also cycled across Cuba for the National Deaf Children’s Society which was an incredible adventure. The trek across the Canadian Rocky Mountains at the end of June is a big undertaking and it will definitely be the most challenging yet, but I’m looking forward to it.
“Preparations for the challenge have been going very well, I live in the city centre of Edinburgh and have been walking to work at the College’s Sighthill Campus nearly every day over the past couple of months. I have also spent time climbing a number of munros across Scotland including Ben Ledi, Ben Vrackie and The Cobbler.
“I really enjoy being outdoors, so I thought this would be a great opportunity to be able to raise some money for charity. So far I have surpassed my target of £3,800 raising a total of £4,494. I’d like to thank the people who have already donated and I’m looking forward to seeing how much I can raise by the time the challenge has been completed.£4,494.”
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