There are a number of reasons why people don their outdoor clothing and head off with their camping equipment. Sometimes they are intent on trekking up mountains or exploring other wild areas. Meanwhile, many individuals do so as a means of taking a break from their everyday lives and enjoying a holiday.
However, one former solder is preparing his outdoor clothing and camping equipment in a bid to raise money for charity. Craig Wiffen is to attempt to canoe around Britain, the BBC reports. At the end of May, he will set off on a 2,200 mile journey that will see him paddling during the days and camping at night. He is to perform the task entirely by himself and the money he raises will go to Help for Heroes, which raises money for wounded Servicemen and women. If he succeeds, he will go down in the record books.
The brave adventurer stated: “There’s certain stipulations for the two world records I’ll be breaking. One of them is I will have to be completely solo and unsupported. But I do have predetermined bolt holes – places I can land if it does get too rough.”
His training has not gone entirely to plan as he broke his wrist while climbing. Commenting on this, he remarked: “The wrist will be strapped up and supported for training and the actual expedition. By the time I would have left I would have totalled up a grand total of six months worth of experience at sea kayaking.”
Mr Wiffen went on to reveal that he chose the charity because it is close to his heart as a former serviceman. He added there is a “very strong motivation” for doing it.He will no doubt be hoping that when he embarks on the challenge in two months’ time, the weather and sea conditions he faces will be favourable.