A WILTSHIRE team of adventurers have tackled a gruelling outdoor fundraiser to raise money for charity.

The Youth Adventure Trust is the charity of the year for Goughs Solicitors who hoped to raise £3,000 to further their work with young people.

A total of 11 Goughs employees from across the Wiltshire offices, alongside two volunteers, decided to take on the 10 Peaks Challenge to help meet the sum.

Two months and lots of avid fundraising later, the group travelled to Wales. Then, on Saturday, July 10 the team took to the mountains to conquer the 10 Peaks Challenge in the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons.

Facing a huge 34km to hike, with an epic 1695m of ascent, the teams set off from Pont Ar Daf car park at 6am. The first ascent saw them climb into the clouds surrounding Corn Do and Pen Y Fan. and as they progressed, they endured a number of obstacles. Namely, soleless hiking boots that were expertly fixed at each checkpoint with the likes of hairbands, zip ties, duck tape, and eventually socks.

Regardless, the team marched on, radioing back to base at each of the 6 checkpoints, with the call signs of Bugs Bunny and Charlie Brown. The teams showed resilience and teamwork as they stuck together, encouraging each other on and over each gruelling peak. 15 hours later, following the final 2 hour vertical ascent to Fan Fawr, they made it to the final checkpoint and back down to the finish line. Here they were met by the fantastic support team made up of members of the Youth Adventure Trust, kindly offering medals and sweets to celebrate completion of the challenge.

Annie, a member of ‘Team Charlie Brown#’and victim to a pair of disintegrated walking boots, said: “It wasn’t 10 peaks in 10 hours, but it was one of the hardest and proudest things I’ve done. It really showed me the value of not only great team work but really surrounding yourself with people who pick you up, keep you going and never leave you behind.”

The team raised £3,497.43 in total.