Roy Partington is leaving his family behind in Park South to spend Christmas and New Year in South America trekking up the world’s tenth highest mountain in aid of Walking with the Wounded.
His target, Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, at just under 7,000 metres is the highest peak in the world outside the Himalayas.
Roy departs on 14 December, and after several days acclimatising to the depleted oxygen levels, he hope to reach the summit on New Year’s Eve.
He said: "Getting to the top of Aconcagua is more of a trek, no climbing with ropes is required. But because it’s so high, altitude sickness is a real danger.
"At ground level we breathe 20.9% oxygen. On the top of Mount Aconcagua its 7%. Many people don’t take training seriously because it’s called a trek and then get ill as they get higher."
Roy has been putting in a lot of training to prepare himself for this arduous and dangerous project. He’s been working out at three gyms in Swindon where there is the best equipment that targets his requirements, including F3 Fit Gym in Stratton.
Mike Buss, former soldier and holder of several world endurance records, who was a member of the British forces Everest expedition, is providing personal training experience to get Roy into shape.
When not in the gym Roy is out romping around the Brecon Beacons or Snowdonia with a 45lb pack on his back. But as he says himself: "I have been training constantly for 6 months, as I know at 51 years of age I am no spring chicken and proper preparation is absolutely essential."
Roy has been training using a PowerBreathe, a simple device used by many mountaineers to build the diaphragm. It was in fact developed by a lady who was intrigued as to why as we get older our breathing gets weaker. It is now used by the NHS and also many sports people.
For the last few weeks he has been sleeping inside a special tent which restricts the amount of oxygen he can breathe.
Roy’s trip is being organised by www.adventurepeaks.com
He’s already raised in excess of £1,000 and is aiming for as much as possible to help Walking with the Wounded. http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk
You can find more information at: http://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/fundraising/events-calendar/?month=dec&yr=2013
To sponsor Roy go to: http://www.justgiving.com/roypartington