A group of military wives have climbed the highest volcano in the world, Ojos del Salado in Chile which stands at 6893m. Most of the team had never even owned a pair of walking boots before they began training for this expedition last year…

The team is made up of forces wives from all across the UK, whose husbands all serve in the Parachute Regiment. This flagship event launched the Forces Wives Challenge, a new movement that seeks to unite the Forces Wives community through adventure and challenge. It strives to combat issues of loneliness and isolation that is so prevalent within the armed forces community.

It was set up by former Army Officer Heather Sharp, 39, who wanted to ensure the spouses of those who serve in the military also get to experience a sense of belonging that being in the Armed Forces brings. On reaching the summit, Heather said:

“I can speak on behalf of everyone that this was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Every step above 6500m felt utterly exhausting but we were determined to fly the FWC flag. I was told by so many people that it was too ambitious but hopefully we’ve proved that with determination, dedication and a team of badass ladies you really can achieve anything.”

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