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One of our favourite Irish adventurer’s Nikki Bradley has bossed her latest challenge. The Donegal woman and cancer survivor has entered the history books as the first crutch user to complete the 4 Peak Challenge.
In the space of 24hrs Nikki Bradley along with Irish Army soldier Billy Fanneran, Mountaineer Iain Miller and boyfriend Ian Parke successfully climbed four of Ireland’s most iconic mountains. On 21 July at 6 am the team began with the toughest of the four peaks, Ireland’s highest mountain Carrauntoohil. From there, they headed to Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo, taking on Slieve Donard through the night and finishing on Errigal. Between each climb, they piled in the car and set off to the next peak. Nikki’s goal is to raise €50,000 for three charities, The Irish Cancer Society, Action Cancer and The Ross Nugent Foundation.
Diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer at 16 years of age, Nikki Bradley is one of less than 10 people to survive worldwide from her form of Ewings Sarcoma. She defies the odds in more ways than one, the adaptive adventurer and public speaker is no stranger to adventure having completed the Fan Dance Race Series, a grueling 24km trek through the Brecon Beacon in Wales, climbed a route of the Sólheimajökull glacier in Iceland, abseiled into a 45 foot ice cave and became the first woman to abseil off Fanad Head Lighthouse.
On her Facebook page, Nikki wrote, “What a weekend! I don’t even know where to begin. The 4 Peak Challenge is complete and I am one happy lady! This event took a long time to organise but in the end, it was simple. Four people, four mountains four million amazing memories.”
From all of us here at Outsider HQ, we want to say a massive congratulations to Nikki and the team!
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