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Two former Royal Marines complete epic 1,300 mile 'Exped Orange'

11/05/2018

2500km, 3.6 million steps, done in 97 days, across 3 countries, no support crew

Two former Royal Marines have recently completed Exped Orange, an expedition saw them walk the length of the Orange River in Africa, helping to raise funds and awareness for Veterans for Wildlife & The Royal Marines Charity.

The two former Bootnecks completed the 22,000+KM completely unaided and unsupported, passing through Lesotho, South Africa and Namibia.

“The highlight of Exped Orange was the people we met along the way. We received such kindness from total strangers, from offering us a place to stay to giving us food and even beer without asking.”

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 The toughest element of Exped Orange came in Lesotho, as Glen and Alex tackled the brutal mountainous terrain. During this period, on some days the pair would do over 20KM of yomping, but only make it 7KM down the Orange River.

”I am sure we were burning as many calories as we did back in Lympstone during training”

 When the pair hit the Karoo in South Africa, things became easier on the body, but with the much flatter terrain, Glen explains that this can become a lot less challenging on the mind and prefers the more exciting terrain to cross.

The Orange River is the longest River in South Africa. Rising in the Drakensberg Mountains in Lesotho, the river flows westwards through South Africa to the Atlantic Ocean. The river also forms part of the international border between South Africa and Namibia, as well as South Africa and Lesotho.

Glen is now looking into attempting a solo, unsupported expedition down the Zambezi river from source to sea. A journey that only two men have attempted, with neither completing in one expedition.

All at The Royal Marines Charity would like to thank Glen and Alex for their hoofing efforts – helping to raise funds for Veterans for Wildlife and The Royal Marines Charity.

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/expedorange