This inaugural expedition is raising money for The Royal British Legion which provides lifelong support to the Armed Forces Community including partners and their family members.

Army wife, Etta, 43, has spent the last 24 years supporting her husband Paul with his Army career around the world including numerous operational deployments to Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Iraq, and Afghanistan, but this was her chance to conquer the volcano and achieve her own sense of adventure. Etta said:

“I am overwhelmed by the gifts it has given me. The hardships, the heartaches, the exhilaration and joy. The sights, the experiences, the journey as a whole. The team. The overwhelming mixture of relief and euphoria, the pain and the tears we cried. We climbed mountains. And it was amazing.”

The team got up at 2am on International Women’s Day and from Tejos Regue at 5837m, set off on their gruelling climb in temperatures of -25. The team will arrive back in the UK tomorrow and there will be a homecoming gathering later on this week alongside their friends and family.

For more information on Forces Wives Challenge please visit and to make a donation please visit their Just Giving Page.



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