Today's blog from Tom, Toby, Guthrie and Archie- Help for Heroes would like to say 'Well done, we hugely appreciate your fundraising efforts and award you the prize for Best Challenge Name!'
12,984km, 8,036 miles from Ushuaia. 107,895 vertical metres (12.2 Everest summits).
They said it was impossible, and that we would give up after half an hour but, at 4:31pm on the 9th of June, after 10 hours of battling through sandy desert tracks, the Upping The Andes team made it to the light house at Faro Punta Galinas, marking the Northern most tip of South America and the conclusion of the UTA challenge.
The last 155 days have lead us on a journey of epic proportions through desert, over mountain, and into every extreme the continent has to offer. There is no hiding from the fact that cycling along the world's longest mountain range in only 5 months has been incredibly tough - tougher than any of us could have expected in January. Aside from the phenomenal effort and commitment the UTA team have showed and the heroic leg muscles we have sculpted, our eyes have been opened, and we are truly humbled to have had such an amazing experience and to have had the privilege to support four amazing causes.
We are all exhausted after a gruelling eight day sprint to the end and overwhelmed by finishing, but we couldn't have hoped for a more beautiful place to finish our odyssey. A warm caribbean sun setting over a desert lighthouse was the perfect setting to contemplate what we've just done.
We have currently raised £67,000 for Cancer Research UK, the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, the Mark Donegan Fellowship, and Help for Heroes, but we still have £13000 to go to reach our target. So we would be massively appreciative for any and all donations.