Updated: Apr 12
Hiking Coast to Coast for Diabetes UK
by Charles Back
This week we have a special guest post from Charles Back. We discovered Charles talking about his mission to trek the 191 mile Coast to Coast Walk to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK.
As we mentioned in our previous post Walking for Wellness, Diabetes UK is a charity close to our hearts as Dunk is an adult-onset type 1 diabetic. We have blogged about how he maintains his love of wild camping while managing his diabetes and we wanted to support Charles on his journey. Here is Charles’ story.
Where in the world are you?
Describe your passion for the outdoors in ONE sentence.
Feeling alive and enjoying the moments.
Now is your chance to expand on the sentence above.
Hiking is a passion for me. I love the feeling of freedom it gives me. Stopping where I want and meeting new people along the way. My favourite part is the solitude. Alone with my thoughts. The challenge to take on a new adventure.
What is your reason for sharing your story with us today?
I am hiking/walking to raise money for Diabetes UK. My goal is to reach £1000. I have set up a Just Giving donation page for Diabetes UK. I hope you the readers can sponsor me on this walk and follow my journey on my YouTube account. I will be posting a video each day of my progress. Showing the sites and sounds of the trail.
Why do you do what you do? What is your reason?
I am hiking the Coast to Coast (C2C) walk across England. Almost 200 mile stretch from St. Bees to Robin Hood Bay. Walking through 3 national parks. Some tuff terrain. Camping/tent every night. Caring all my gear. No B&B's here.
When did you first discover your love for the outdoors?
I discovered the love for hiking when I visited Yellowstone National Park in America. I walked a lot of the backcountry where 95% of visitors don't go. The wildness of it was jaw-dropping for me. I was alone walking through some of the greatest lands in the world. Surrounded by wild animals. Such as Bison, Elk and Bears.
Name one piece of kit you must take on every adventure.
It’s the UK so an umbrella.
Who inspires you the most? (Can be living or dead. Famous or not.)
For this walk. I am inspired by brother and dad. Both have Diabetes. So this walk is close to my heart and to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Where in the World would you most like to visit and why?
The land down under. Australia. I want to explore the outback. It is one of my bucket list items. It will be a long shot, but I am hoping to able to travel there one day. I also want to see New Zealand while in the area. Maybe do some hiking over there.
Can you share with us one of your most memorable or funniest adventures?
My most memorable would have to be where it all started for me. Yellowstone National Park. I was walking through the backcountry large male bison.
He was massive. He was walking on the path I was on. When he saw me he stopped and let out a big deep grunt and spit flew from his mouth. I froze in my spot and started talking to him. Lucky it was an open meadow so I quickly jumped off the path and gave him plenty of room. He continued passed me while stopping to relieve himself and grunting at me.
I was a little shaken by this. The best part is I filmed the whole thing. I already had my camera rolling when we met.
Maybe you have a story you would prefer to forget, but tell us anyway…
Falling. I have fallen a few times in the rain and mud. The last hike I did I feel 3 times in the same general area. My boots were full of mud. Not fun I tell you. Also lost a few items that day. This was in the Lake District, UK. Lots of rain there.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone reading this post who is thinking about reconnecting with nature?
Simple! Get out there and see the countryside. Climb some mountains. Get inspired. The UK is an awesome place to hike. Visit Scotland. Amazing place. I hiked the West Highland Way and Great Glen Way last year. I still can't believe I got to do that.
Follow Charles’ Story
You can donate to Diabetes UK through Charles’ Just Giving page. All donations go direct to Diabetes UK. Please get involved and we can work together to find a cure for Diabetes.
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