ViewRanger app powers 5,000-mile UK mountain challenge

Posted on 12/05/2017

ViewRanger has teamed up with Adversity Adventurer Alex Staniforth as the official navigation partner for his attempt to climb the highest point in every UK county this summer.

Starting his ClimbTheUK challenge on Shining Tor in Cheshire on Saturday May 13th, the 21-year-old adventurer will attempt to walk, cycle and run to the top of all 100 counties in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in a continuous 10-week push.

And you can follow Alex every step of the way with ViewRanger's live online tracker map.

ClimbTheUK will be almost entirely human-powered, including a kayak journey across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, with the only motorised transport being ferries to Northern Ireland and the Scottish islands. Overall, Alex will cycle 4782 miles, hike and run 484 miles, and kayak 5 miles, with a combined altitude gain of over 380,000ft – the height of 13 Mount Everests.

Alex said: “This challenge will take me across some of the UK's most challenging terrain. Using the ViewRanger app’s GPS technology will give me peace of mind with essential reliable navigation when I need it most.”

Alex planned his entire 5,000-mile challenge using ViewRanger’s online route-plotting software and will rely on the app’s digital mapping and GPS navigation features to climb every peak, including the iconic summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike, Snowdon, and Slieve Donard.

Using a combination of the ViewRanger app, a rugged CAT S60 smartphone, and the brand new CASIO PRO TREK Smart watch, Alex will navigate and record every step of his journey using cutting-edge technology designed specifically for outdoor use.

Alex is a prolific charity fundraiser and will be using ClimbTheUK to support YoungMinds – the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people – and is encouraging as many people as possible to download his route in the ViewRanger app and join him on individual sections of the challenge.

Craig Wareham, CEO and co-founder of ViewRanger, said: “Alex is taking on an epic challenge and raising money for a fantastic cause, and we’re delighted he’s using ViewRanger to plan, navigate, record and share all of his adventures during ClimbTheUK. We’d like to see as many people as possible download Alex’s routes in the app and join him on different legs of the journey to show their support. It’s going to be an incredibly tough challenge, but if anyone can pull it off, Alex can.”

View and download the ViewRanger route for every section of Alex’s ClimbTheUK challenge here.

Keep track of Alex’s progress on ViewRanger’s live tracker map here.

Sponsor Alex’s challenge by donating to YoungMinds on his Just Giving Page.

ENDS


Editors’ notes:

Images and ViewRanger media kit: click here

For more information contact:
Oli Reed, ViewRanger Communications Manager
Email: oli@viewranger.com  
Tel: +44 (0)1223 421353

ViewRanger is a free GPS navigation app used by millions of people around the world to plan, navigate, record and share their outdoor adventures. Combining the world’s best offline maps with easy-to-follow route guides and advanced GPS navigation features, ViewRanger is the ultimate adventure tool for anyone exploring the great outdoors.
Learn more about ViewRanger: www.viewranger.com

Alex Staniforth is a 21-year old adventurer, fundraiser, endurance athlete, motivational speaker and ViewRanger ambassador from Cheshire. He continues to overcome adversity, inspiring others to achieve their full potential and make a difference.
Learn more about Alex Staniforth: www.alexstaniforth.com

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