Gordon, aged 56, is taking part in The Great Outdoors Challenge 2012, an annual self-supported walking event across the Highlands of Scotland, west coast to east coast. Gordon’s trek, a journey of 166 miles, will take him into the wilds of Scotland carrying everything he needs in his backpack.
“I first learned off the TGO Challenge while listening to The Outdoors Station podcast and always thought it was something I’d love to do,” said Gordon. “I’ve had to learn a lot of new skills, map reading and use of a compass in particular.”
Gordon first took up fitness in 2006 when he decided to run the first ever Tiree 10k. Although he had previously completed both the West Highland and Great Glen Ways and completed a few long distance bicycle journeys, he admits he wasn’t really fit.
Since that first 10k, Gordon has not only run several more 10k’s but has also completed the Loch Ness Marathon. “Hand on heart,” he goes on, “I can do things now in my mid-50s that I couldn’t do when I was less than half my age. It’s never too late to get fit and achieve your ambitions in life.”
And just to underline this point, in 2009 Gordon, achieved a lifetime ambition when he successfully trekked to Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 17,500 feet above sea level.
“I expect to complete the Challenge in 10 days. It will be fairly intensive, not only making demands on my physical endurance but also my mental resilience.”
Gordon begins his journey on Friday 11th May.