Eastbourne personal trainer Matt Shore is taking on an ‘adventure of a lifetime’ to reach the summit of the Aconcagua in the Andes in January to raise funds for the JPK Project and a Para Monte, a charity focused on altitude illnesses. He will be making the ascent as part of a small team.
The challenge is renowned for its difficulty. Around 70% of those attempting it don’t reach the summit because of problems with high altitude sickness, hypothermia, frostbite and hallucinations due to a lack of oxygen.
Matt visited the JPK Project recently and joined our Christmas party to learn more about our aims and to meet some of our future residents and students.
It gave him a ‘real feel’ for what we’re doing, and said: “We’re really looking forward to assisting the JPK in making further progress with their much needed Centre and to help people with a learning disability to learn to live independently. We would be extremely grateful if you could help us achieve this and assist those people who, through no fault of their own, cannot help themselves.”
To sponsor Matt simply head to his JustGiving page here justgiving.com/fundraising/aconcagua-expedition
You can also donate via cash / cheque made payable to the JPK Project. Send donations to Mrs Jill Parker, Chairman to the Trustees at 7 Wannock Avenue, Willingdon, Eastbourne, BN20 9RP. Contact Jill on 01323 486179 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Good luck Matt!
Matt Shore – Train Strong PT, Eastbourne
Matt Shore is a Transformational Coach and Founder of Train Strong Personal Training.
A Personal Trainer, Adventure Seeker and avid Runner, Matt combines extensive knowledge with practical experience gained as an Extreme Endurance Athlete, Strength and Conditioning Expert and Ex-National Level Competitive Athlete.
Matt is highly intuitive and works with individuals from all walks of life with a diverse range of goals.
Upholding his belief of ‘Strong Mind, Strong Body’ Matt helps people to challenge their perceived limitations, discover their own power and unlock their true potential.
About the Aconcagua
Matt’s 3 week expedition will see his team head to a mountain called the Aconcagua in Argentina. It requires a high level of organisation and training to ensure the chance of summiting is as high as possible.
Aconcagua itself is the highest mountain outside of Asia at 6960.08m high or 22,837ft and is located in the Andes Mountain Range.
In terms of mountaineering, Aconcagua is the highest non-technical mountain in the world. Non-technical means that no ropes or pins are required and the use of axes will be minimal.
High altitude poses the main risk. But despite the effects of high altitude being severe, non-supplemental oxygen is rarely used. Altitude sickness therefore is a common problem that affects most of those who attempt to ascend the mountain making acclimatisation protocols essential to stand you in the best chance of summiting.
In addition to the problems of altitude the cold is also a challenge near the top.
Cold injuries are a real danger if care and specialist equipment are not taken – hypothermia and frostbite are the two biggest risks of cold injury.
A friend of ours had attempted to previously climb Aconcagua and failed within a few hundred metres of the top due to Hallucinating from lack of oxygen and suffering with frostbite – so the risks are very real and we are taking every precaution to ensure we give ourselves the best possible and safest chance of success.
As we are currently in November the 4 of us are currently planning the schedule for the expedition.
Flights are booked and specific high altitude equipment is being purchased.
High altitude boots to keep your feet dry and warm at extreme height and cold, down jackets rated to -30 degree temperatures, specialist gloves, glasses, goggles, hats, bags, trousers, crampons, ice axes and more will all be bought.
We are running the trip self-supported.
There are two reasons for this.
By avoiding going with a travel company we effectively cut out the middle man and save a heap of money.
We also like the idea of climbing the mountain off our own backs, taking our own tents, food and so on and as far as possible, being self-sufficient, just us against the mountain.