In March 2022 a team of six intrepid skiers will set off from Zermatt to take on the famous 'Patrouille des Glaciers Route' in the Swiss Alps over the course of four days.
The Patrouille des Glaciers (PDG) is a historic national and international ski mountaineering race organised by the Swiss army. Considered to be one of the toughest courses in the world, the PDG covers a 57.5 km route at altitudes of up to 3,650 metres between Zermatt to Verbier.
The course is described as one of the toughest of its kind in the world and for good reason. Over the five days the team will face the risk of avalanches, the hazards of glacier crossing, freezing temperatures and altitude sickness.
It will be as much as a mental challenge as a physical one.
The team - Gary, Sarah, Sarah, Mike, David and Nick will be taking on the challenge with an aim to raise over £30,000 for the Intensive Care Society and Doctors in Distress, so we can continue to support all those working in intensive care.
The event was conceived by Gary and Debbie Pittaway, whose daughter Harriet is a junior doctor in ICU in London, after they saw first-hand the effect the pandemic had on Harriet and her colleagues. Gary will also be taking on the challenge himself.