A WELLINGTON fireman will next month attempt to complete the ‘Welsh 3000s’ challenge to raise money for charity.
The ‘Welsh 3000s’ involves walking all of the 15 peaks in Wales which are higher than 3000 feet, and doing in just 24 hours without using any transport in between them.
Jed Jackson will be part of a team of five attempting the feat over the weekend of June 9 to 12 in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
The team will need to walk over the Snowdon, Glyder, and Carnedd ranges.
The challenge starts by reaching the summit of Snowdon and ends on Carnedd Llewelyn, and during the course of the event the team will have walked 30 miles and climbed more than 13,000 feet of ascent.
The walk is also known as ‘The 14 Peaks’, although it officially has 15, and some say, 16, summits.
It is described as ‘extremely tough’ and ‘a big step up from the Three Peaks Challenge’, suitable only for ‘very fit and experienced’ mountain walkers.
Many people choose to walk it in June in order to have a maximum amount of daylight before temperatures start to become too high, as sunrise is about 5 am and sunset about 10 pm.
Jed will be joined by three other serving Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service firemen, Toby Taylor-Bashford and Steve Shepherd, from Exmouth, and Tom Mole, of Clyst St George, and non-firefighter Connor Chilcott.
This weekend, Connor is also running in his first marathon.
The Fire Fighters Charity helps all serving and retired UK firefighters and their families to live healthier and happier lives.