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13 Nov 2018

Tremendous Truckers trek Teide

Recently a group of our friends and Ambassadors from the Hutton Orbital Truckers community in Frontier's Elite:Dangerous trekked and cycled up Mount Teide in Tenerife, raising over £11,000 for ourselves and Hearing Dogs UK.

Sounds easy? Here's the debrief:

"We all made it home - at last! Out of the 12 that started, seven cyclists managed to get to the finish after 85km horizontal (2,250m vertical) bike ride to the highest point of the road up the Teide volcano. Then nine had enough energy to hike a further 25km (1,400m vertical) in the dark, without GPS tracking to the Alta Vista hut at the edge of the caldera. The following morning, after almost zero sleep, four of them made the final 500m vertical climb to the summit of the cone at dawn to watch the sun rise.

I am truly broken - physically, mentally and emotionally. I could sleep for a week. The only thing that kept us going, when we had all hit the wall, with altitude sickness, dehydration, sunburn and blisters in all the wrong places, was YOU LOT. The love and support globally from the Hutton Truckers and the Elite Community at large lifted us spiritually. #forthemug #hearingdogsforthedeaf #specialeffect"

Thank you to David, Rachael, Mike, Jerry, Josh, Russell, Steve, Chris, Ian, Rob and all their tremendous volunteer support crew for this epic endeavour.

But it didn't stop there. At the same time another tenacious group of Elite players were emulating the climb in-game, raising donations and boosting the amazing total! 

You can read more about this gargantuan effort by at https://bit.ly/2Dshd16

Huge thanks to EVERYONE involved, it's hugely appreciated.

Update (December 2018): the brilliant fundraising efforts of the Elite and Planet Coaster communities just carried on. Within a few weeks the  Frontier's 24 Hour Holiday Livestream raised over £43,000 for our work!

Below: the gallant #TruckersUpTeide 

The team in front of the mountain


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