Paul’s appetite for the great outdoors started in 2011, three years after his amputations, when he climbed Ben Nevis, UK’s tallest mountain. Same year he climbed Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. A few more peaks were added to the list in 2012. At that time he climbed to fundraise for Marie Curie Cancer Care – and he climbed on prosthetic legs.
“I just like to give something back. Plus, it’s just fantastic to get out there. You’ll be in the open and it’s just an amazing feeling getting to the top.”
Now Paul is raising funds for AmpCamp Kids – an organization run by Ben Lovell, which seeks to secure funds for kids with limb differences to go on holiday. That’s when the idea about crawling up the mountains came to him.
“I met Ben Lovell who was climbing a mountain and I asked if I could come along with him and his group. I could keep up with them, so they went along with it. Since then we’ve been everywhere. That’s when I discovered AmpCamp, and I just want to help them out as much as possible.”
The group has done Brecon Beacons, Ben Nevis, Mt. Snowdon 2 times and lately on Scafell Pike – the latter on all fours. The crawl up Ben Nevis took him 12 hours.