At the Youth Adventure Trust we love to help people challenge themselves. Outdoor adventures are a great way to discover what you are truly capable of and the people who take part in our challenge events invariably cross the finish line with the realisation that they can achieve more than they thought they could. This year, after months of lockdown, our challenge events have proven even more popular than normal.
In 2021, 717 intrepid individuals have stepped up to a Youth Adventure Challenge and collectively hiked, biked or paddled 24,795 km [more than halfway around the world!] to raise £284,000. All of the money raised will help vulnerable children challenge themselves and build resilience by getting outside and active on the Youth Adventure Trust’s three-year programme.
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, we think it’s more important than ever before to help people get outside. The positive effects of being outdoors and in nature are well documented; but when you add in the element of challenge – giving people the opportunity to step outside their comfort zone – that’s when the magic happens. Confidence grows and self-esteem increases; change and adversity become hurdles to overcome rather than barriers to stop you in your tracks; life becomes more exciting when you know that if you push yourself just a little bit further then you can achieve great things. As adventurer, author and Youth Adventure Trust friend, Belinda Kirk says, adventures big and small help you to “feel better, think better, do better”.
There is a Youth Adventure Challenge suitable for everybody, from those who have never even thought about climbing a mountain before to experienced trail runners and regular cyclists looking to test their limits. Take part with friends, family, colleagues or clients – we’ll be with you every step of the way, through all your training and during the challenge itself, to make sure that you all have an adventure that will give you a lifetime of memories, a tremendous sense of achievement and a chance to change the lives of vulnerable children.
Why should you step up to a Youth Adventure Challenge?
- For you: spending time outdoors will give your mental and physical health and wellbeing a real boost, whilst taking on a challenge will help build your resilience and remind you that you can achieve great things;
- For your job: Youth Adventure Challenges require team work, communication, leadership, commitment and determination. Take part in a group with colleagues or with friends to develop all of those transferable skills and benefit from the camaraderie of accomplishing something amazing together;
- For others: every single penny you raise will be used to inspire vulnerable children to get outside and give them the individual support they need to face the challenges in their lives.
What’s coming up?
VIRTUAL RESILIENCE CHALLENGE: 19TH – 26TH February 2022
Run, ride or ramble, ski, scoot or swim – it’s your challenge, done your way. On your own or with your family, friends or colleagues, cover a distance of 25km, 60km, 100km or 200km to build your resilience and get outside and active over the February half term. Find out more here.
10 PEAKS CHALLENGE: 16th July 2022
10 Peaks in 10 hours in the beautiful Brecon Beacons. This 34km figure of eight route will see you summit 10 of the finest peaks in the Brecon Beacons, including Pen Y Fan, Corn Du and Cribyn and ascend a total of 1694m. It is a team event [perfect for groups of colleagues and friends] and free to enter thanks to the generous sponsorship of Ellis Brigham. Find out more here.
HIKE BIKE PADDLE: September 2022
Who wants to spend a day networking in conference halls and hotels when you could be out in the hills living and breathing your brand? This epic team challenge is THE sports and outdoor industry event of the year, open to anybody who works in the sector. Full details still TBC but find out more and register your interest here as places are limited.