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4 bare feet● 3 Peaks ● 2 climbers ● 1 charity
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BAREFOOT THREE PEAKS 2024

BAREFOOT WANDERING RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDING FOR THE PSPA

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TRAINING UPDATES:

02/05/2024
Successful training run on Yr Wyddfa (Mt Snowdon)

1:43 from Pen-Y-Pass to summit (via Pyg Track)

Rich And Jonny on a cold one

THE CHALLENGE

Scaling the UK's three highest peaks in under 24h.

With no shoes.

No socks either.

WHEN?

July 2024.

WHY?

Raising awareness for the PSPA (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy association.

And for Jane, Rich's mum.

WHOSE FEET?

These feet.

These two plucky english gents are Richard Lucas, and Jonathan Grill from hampshire.

Rich and Jonny are climbing partners and have volunteered their feet for the challenge.

Jonny and Rich in Scotland

The Barefoot Warriors

RICH LUCAS

Rich, somewhere in Switzerland

Rich, somewhere in Switzerland.

Rich runs Sapien Training in Sussex, and had the original notion that three peaks barefoot might be possible...

Rich is doing this for his mum Jane, who was diagnosed with PSP in 2021.

Mountain Experience?

Climbing for +15 years in UK, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Thailand & Vietnam, plus some
mountaineering in the Alps & Dolomites.

Lots of experience scrambling and climbing in Snowdonia, Scotland, and England.


Barefoot experience? 

"I've lived +10 years of barefoot life, mostly through misfortune"
 
Rich has hiked much of the South Downs barefoot, scrambles in Wales, a mountain in Thailand and parts of the Great Wall of China.

Rich barefoot on the Great Wall of China

Lost shoes in China

Barefoot Snowdon (winter edition)

Tattoo brothers Rich and Chris barefoot atop Snowdon

JONNY GRILL (LIKE THE BBQ)

Postman Grill atop Ben Nevis

Jonny Grill (like the barbecue) is no stranger to walking long distances in shit shoes, the former postman is is a keen runner and strong climber (albeit with shoes).

Postman Grill atop Ben Nevis, 2020

Mountain experience?

Solid. Outdoor sport climbing, UK scrambling, Scottish Winter routes, and working indoor as a climbing instructor.

Barefoot experience?
 

At this stage we have no idea if it's possible for his soft, privately educated
feet to rise to the challenge. 

Jonny Grill's Wetherspoons finest

Jonny, Wetherspoons 

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PROFILE

HEIGHT: 1344M

ASCENT: 1329m

DISTANCE:14KM

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barefoot three peaks 2024

BAREFOOT WANDERING RAISING AWARENESS AND FUNDING FOR THE PSPA

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PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a rare neurodegenerative disease effecting around 5 in 100,000 people in the UK.

The disease causes damage, degeneration, and ultimately death of certain parts of the brain, mainly in the brain stem.
The death of brain cells in one of these areas, the substantia nigra, accounts in part for the motor symptoms that PSP and Parkinson's have in common.

It is one of a family of neurological conditions called atypical parkinsonism and belongs to the category of frontotemporal disorders.

JANE'S STORY

Jane

Jane and her family started medical  investigation in 2020 after her speech slowed & a freak fall broke her arm.

She started showing physical frailty, motor control deterioration, speech & communication problems, and frequent falls.

Eventually Jane was diagnosed with PSP in 2022.

Jane was diagnosed with the condition in October 2022, and is currently in the mid-stages of the diseases progression at the time of writing (Oct 23).
 
Jane is mother to Andrew & Richard, wife to Mike, and the matriarch of the family.

She worked her whole adult life for the NHS, and then Macmillan cancer research before retiring in 2015.

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Jane and husband Mike are moving to a bungalow in 2023 to facilitate Jane's care requirements, as this year has already sadly seen plenty of falls, physical deterioration, and decline in her speech.

THE PSPA

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Jane has expressed her shock that so few people have heard of this condition. 

It's rarity means there is only one UK charity associated with the condition, the PSPA, and Jane's chosen them as the charity were doing all this for.  

The PSPA (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association) work to attain the following;
 

  1. Enable people living with PSP & CBD and their families to live their best lives possible with high quality support and information

  2. Improve the quality of life of people living with PSP & CBD through research, education and awareness raising

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PROFILE

HEIGHT: 1085M

ASCENT: 767m

DISTANCE: 14KM

ROUTE: PYG TRACK

WE CHOSE BAREFOOT BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN IT

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Growth

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Barefoot walking dominates our physical history, and is as much a part of being a human being as breathing, eating, and sleeping.

It's quite literally in our bones.

Each and every one of our ancestors walked barefoot, across the harshest and wildest of terrains, without so much as a plaster.

HUMAN FEET FUNCTION BEST WITHOUT SHOES

RE:WILDING OUR GAIT

Human feet evolved to walk on earth, and stabilise our upright mechanics in all terrains.

MOVING PARTS

26 bones

33 joints

+ 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments

SENSORY FEEDBACK

+200,000 nerve endings provide feedback about our movement & position

FREE THE FEET

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PROFILE

HEIGHT: 978m

ASCENT: 935m

DISTANCE: 8KM

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