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Adventure Adrian is trekking for charity.
Thursday 7th June 2018 @ 08:32 by Anna Fletcher
Community Events Mossley & Saddleworth News

A Greenfield man is taking part in a charity trek in Patagonia raising money for the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team.

Adrian Bodle, who is currently applying to work with the team, plans to trek across the Viedma Glacier this coming November.

He said: “I’m a veteran and since leaving the army I was craving some adventure so I have done quite a few treks before this one. I have climbed Mt Kinabalu in Borneo and have trekked coast to coast from the Pacific to the Caribbean through the jungle in Costa Rica. I try to do something every other year.

“I chose Oldham Mountain Rescue Team because they do fantastic voluntary work and are reliant entirely on public donations.”

Adrian’s climb up Kinabalu raised just under £12,000 for charity which was given to a local children’s charity.

He is currently in training for his next adventure where he will spend 8 days trekking along ice-capped cliffs and mountains, forest and grasslands covering between 20 and 25km a day enduring temperatures below zero.

Adrian, who is currently a Security Officer for Greater Manchester Police, said: “I’m really excited, I am taking part with three other people who also did Costa Rica with me. You get the chance to meet a lot of people and experience other cultures. I’m hoping to learn some Argentine Tango while I am there.”

Adrian is currently training near his home at Dovestones walking 60km a week.

He continued: “It will be hard work because of the distance and the temperature, but I am really looking forward to it. It will be a learning curve but I am working as part of a team so we can all help each other. I am hoping to raise a thousand pounds and am about halfway at the moment.”

After he finishes the trek, Adrian already has plans for his next adventure.

He said: “It will likely be in 2021 and I will be doing Everest base camp. That is the pinnacle for me. I almost managed it in the past but there was an earthquake that year so I had to cancel, but it has always been my goal.”

You can donate to Adrian’s fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/adrian-bodle or find out more about Oldham Mountain Rescue at http://omrt.org/