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Wadi Rum Challenge – 3 weeks to go!  

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Earlier this year, we announced that our Managing Director, Cherie Coughlan, will be taking on the Wadi Rum Challenge in support of ABF The Soliders’ Charity. Cherie is embarking on the gruelling 4-day trek in the magnificent landscape of Wadi Rum, Jordan from 12th – 18th November. The challenge involves trekking between 22 – 25 km daily, weaving through old shepherd paths, desert wadis and mountains.   

The trip is organised by Tribal Tracks, who state that no country is better suited for an adventure than Jordan. Check out this video for a snapshot of the challenge:

With just under a month to go, Cherie is looking for further donations for the charity, which offers support in six key areas: independent living, elderly care, education & employability, mental fitness, families and housing. 

It stands at the forefront of support for the Army family, last year supporting 65,000 people in 48 countries around the world. As one of the largest funders in the sector, the charity awards grants to individuals and families, and funds leading organisations that support soldiers, former soldiers, and their families. 

Learn more about ABF The Soldiers’ Charity via the below video, or by visiting its website here

Last year’s challenge generated a total of just under £24,000 and was trekked by army veterans who laid a wreath in honour of Remembrance Day, commemorating all those who have given their lives for their country. 

Itinerary – the trek 

 
Day 1 – Aqaba to Wadi Rum Seven Pillars of Wisdom – Um Fruth Bridge 

Departing at 0800hrs, the trek begins at the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and the route will go through the Jabal mountain area. Then on to a short stop at the famous Um Fruth bridge before reaching camp for the night. The total distance for the opening day is approximately 24km.  

Day 2 – Um Dami 

Day 2 includes a long morning trek of approximately 18km, trekking over the vast flat plains and heading south towards Um Dami, Jordan’s highest mountain at 1,854m. It takes between 1.5 – 2 hours to reach the summit with views across the Wadi Rum, Red Sea and south into Saudi Arabia.  
 

Day 3 – Um Dami to the canyons 

Departing Um Dami heading towards the majestic canyons and the Bedouin dams. Trekking for a total of 8 hours and covering 22km, the group will enjoy a special Bedouin meal, ‘Mansaf’, cooked and learn a new way of eating!  

Day 4 – Burrah and Lawrence Canyon 

During day 4, the group will continue north, passing through the Burrah and Lawrence canyons. During the final leg of the trek, the group will pass the faces of TE Lawrence and King Abdullah carved into the stones.  

 
Day 5 – Ancient City of Petra 

The last stop of the challenge is the ancient city of Petra, exploring this fascinating Nabataean city that dates back to the 1st century BC.  

Support Cherie – JustGiving 

The purpose of the trip is to raise vital funds so that all soldiers, veterans and their immediate families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity.   

The trip is being self-funded by Cherie, so any donations will go directly to the charity. You can support Cherie by donating to her Just Giving page which you can access here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cheriespage.