Rachel Oakley

Don't underestimate the physical challenges but don't be put off by the psychological ones

Rachel Oakley

Safety Crew

Introducing Meningitis Now Safety Team member Rachel Oakley

Day job – Website Editor at Meningitis Now.

What is the best part of being a Safety Team member? - Supporting a group of people who are all there for their own reasons but with a common goal of raising funds for the charity and conquering the challenge.

I dislike it when - there is no tea!

I like it when - you're surrounded by nothing but stunning scenery and realise just how vast the open spaces are.

Best piece of advice to someone starting their training? - Don't underestimate the physical challenges but don't be put off by the psychological ones. Walking for hours on flat ground doesn't translate to walking up and down hills; get started early, break it into manageable chunks and consider incorporating a strengthening programme to help build stamina and stability in your legs and core. Developing a selective deafness for the nagging little voice in your head also comes in handy; you are stronger than you think.

Our UK treks and challenges couldn’t go ahead without our invaluable safety team and qualified mountain leaders. Each and every one of them retain expert knowledge, understanding and a passion for outdoor pursuits and the mountains we climb. They are on hand to ensure the wellbeing of our participants, navigating them through each trek safely and providing words of encouragement to help everyone complete their challenge.