A cadet is preparing to follow in the footsteps of a famous explorer’s pioneering trail through the Rocky Mountains as part of a special expedition.
Conisbrough lad Joe Bond, 18, is one of just 15 cadets and nine instructors who will spend four weeks trekking 300km across the West Coast Mountains of British Coloumbia, Canada, in July.
The group will be following the Mackenzie trail, set by Scottish explorer Sir Alexander Mackenzie’s in 1793, which is rarely used because of its challenging nature.
The challenge will involve striking camp, cooking meals, purifying water, along with crossing streams, alpine meadows and also keeping out a watchful eye for bears.
Joe, a member of Birdwell Army Cadet Force, said: “It’s hard to believe that in two months I’m going to be trekking across the wilderness of the Rockies. It’s going to be an incredible experience – a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“It’s a big challenge. But we’ve been training well and have another couple of months to go to ensure we’re as prepared as we can be.”
He needs to raise £1200 to pay for the trip, and has been completing as range of fundraising activities such as bag packing and weekend volunteer working in businesses. Anyone who would like to donate can email firstname.lastname@example.org