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Quadriplegic Berghaus ambassador prepares for 12 Peaks of Christmas challenge

Berghaus ambassador Ed Jackson has announced details of a festive challenge he will take on to raise money for two charities. Starting on December 19, the ‘12 Peaks of Christmas’ will see partial quadriplegic Ed and fellow climber Ross Stirling tackle 12 of the UK’s highest peaks over six days, in aid of the Millimetres 2 Mountains Foundation and War Child’s Afghanistan emergency appeal. They will do all of this while carrying a Christmas tree on their backs.

Ed Jackson is a former professional rugby union player who, in 2017, fractured multiple vertebrae in his spine. Doctors warned him that he may never walk again. Already a very keen outdoor enthusiast, Ed has since confounded the experts and found a way to return to the mountains. Working closely with Ed, Berghaus has made adaptations to high performance apparel that have allowed him to attempt ever more challenging terrain, including a successful ascent of two 4,000m Alpine peaks in 48 hours earlier this year. This was the first step for an initiative called Berghaus Adapts, part of the brand’s long-term vision to ensure that its kit empowers everyone to access the outdoors.

Following the successful trial of Berghaus Adapts, the company has continued to work with Ed to improve and refine adaptations, which he hopes will help him complete the 12 Peaks of Christmas. Ed will be joined by Ross Stirling, an experienced climber and charity fundraiser. On December 19, they will start their challenge on Càrn Mòr Dearg in Scotland, followed by Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. From there, they will head to the Lake District to tackle Skiddaw, Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and Great Gable, before heading east to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks – Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent. The 12 Peaks of Christmas will conclude in Wales, with Tryfan, Glyder Fawr and, finally, Snowdon on Christmas Eve, which was the first major mountain that Ed climbed after he was able to walk again. If successful, Ed and Ross will have climbed 11,490 metres.

Ed and Ross will raise money for two charities. The first is the Millimetres 2 Mountains Foundation, which Ed founded to create positive change through outdoor adventure for people who are facing mental health challenges following adversity in their lives. In addition, 50% of money raised by the 12 Peaks of Christmas will be donated to War Child and its Afghanistan emergency appeal. With over 400,000 people fleeing from their homes in search of safety because of recent events, the children of Afghanistan need support more than ever.

Ed Jackson comments: “Christmas is a time for gratitude, cheer and hope, but for some it instead puts the spotlight on what was and could have been. Trauma, be it physical or psychological, can steal hope from anyone. We want to give that back by raising money to support the Millimetres 2 Mountains grant funding programme and the vital work of War Child in Afghanistan. Ross and I are well aware that carrying a tree while attempting the 12 Peaks of Christmas is going be very hard work, but we’re determined to make it to the summit of Snowdon on Christmas Eve, which is where my post-accident journey in the outdoors really began! As always, I’m hugely grateful to Berghaus for making some brilliant adaptations to kit that will help keep me moving in the mountains, and to everyone else who is supporting us.”

Donations to Ed Jackson and Ross Stirling’s 12 Peaks of Christmas fundraising can be made at www.justgiving.com/campaign/12peaksofchristmas. The public will be able to find the latest updates from Ed and Ross during their challenge by following @EdJackson8 on Instagram.

To find out more about Berghaus Adapts, visit the Berghaus blog at www.berghaus.com/blog.

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