How many WC expeditions have you been on and where to?
Two – Kilimanjaro 2013; Croatia 2014 and I will be travelling to Peru in the summer of 2015.
What motivated you to take part initially and why do you keep going back for more?
I enjoy hiking and outdoor activities; my brother had taken on Kilimanjaro and suggested it to me. I found Kili to be the experience of a lifetime and it brought me closer to the friends that I travelled with. Myself and another friend then got the bug for World Challenge!
What were the highlights of your challenges to date?
Summit nights gave me the greatest sense of achievement – that made the stubble more than worthwhile! Spending time with friends in a very different environment is also very rewarding.
What have you learnt from your experiences?
I have grown up a lot and it has given me a huge respect for dedication and hard work.
Do you have any fundraising tips?
Work hard and get going as early as possible – it’s not as easy as you may think!
Have the expeditions helped mould you into the person that you are today?
Definitely – I am dyslexic and the trips that I have been on have shown me what I am capable of if I dedicate myself to the cause. I have recently been appointed Head Boy of my school/sixth form, and I believe that without the help of the teacher (Mr Johnson) who organised the World Challenge trips that I have been on I would not be in the position I am in today.
Would you recommend a World Challenge expedition to other students and why?
Without a doubt! From the moment you set foot in country you will not regret it; it is the experience of a lifetime and you will remember it for the rest of your life.
Would you agree that being fit and prepared prior to an expedition is key and why?
I found that being fit certainly helped and made for a more enjoyable experience.
What tips would you give to anyone thinking about undertaking a significant challenge?
Never underestimate your challenge and work hard to achieve your goals.
What three things would you make sure you had with you on expedition?
A good pair of walking boots, waterproofs and two Nalgene water bottles.
What is next in the pipeline for you?
I am aiming to get my Mountain Leader qualification and after that I'm intending to go to university to study Sports and Exercise Science.
Scott Bell, Frensham, Surrey – Tanzania 2013; Croatia & Montenegro 2014; Southern Peru 2015