AN adventurous ex-soldier is taking a really cool route to raise funds in support of Saddleworth’s heroes of the snows.
In November, Adrian Bodle from Greenfield plans to take on a gruelling trek across the unforgiving ice fields in Southern Patagonia.
The challenge will include glacier climbing, reaching altitudes of up to 2,500 metres, treks of more than 20 kilometres a day and fighting below-freezing temperatures.
Adrian plans to donate all funds raised to Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, which is entirely funded by voluntary donations.
He said: “I have recently approached them with regards to becoming a member and committing my spare time.
“Hopefully I will be able to start training soon and the skills I have learned from the military will be useful in a mountain rescue environment.
“The team do fantastic voluntary work and I want to play my part in helping them.”
Adrian, who is self-funding his trip, explained: “Those who know me understand my need for adventure, having raised money already for different charities while performing challenges.”
Adrian was in the armed forces for 13 years and completed a tour of duty in the Gulf War and Northern Ireland.
When he left the military, he worked in security roles including the close protection of a member of the Sharjah royal family in the UAE.
He has already completed a number of challenges including climbing Mount Kinabalu, mountain biking across the Crocker mountain range and a 30km white water raft.
His last adventure was to trek from the Pacific coast to the Caribbean coast.
To support Adrian’s mission go online to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adrian-bodle