Ever wanted to see a Mo Bro up a mountain? Well, it’s happening.
Mo Bro Trevor Rigley (a.k.a The Big Rig) is climbing up an actual mountain for the brilliant children’s charity, Zoё's Place.
You know Trev, right? He’s the guy you see popping up regularly in Mo Bro’s videos and in the Facebook Beard Community. This guy:
Yeah, that Trev.
Now, to look at Trev you’d probably think “big strong guy, epic beard. There’s a man I’d want to climb a mountain for me. The dude probably climbs mountains in his sleep.”
But there’s a slight issue with that train of thought: Trev is terrified of heights. Like knee-trembling terrified.
So why on earth would a man who hates heights go anywhere near a mountain, let alone Mount Everest — THE BIGGEST MOUNTAIN IN THE WORLD?
For a great cause — one that’s close to his heart: Zoё's Place Baby Hospice in Coventry.
Doing it for the kids
Zoё's Place is an independent charity that provides 24-hour palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to five years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
The staff at Zoё's Place Baby Hospice in Coventry do an amazing job, delivering compassionate care, in a safe, loving, home-from-home environment at no cost to the families.
And they do it all without government funding.
Which is why they need people like Trevor — people who are passionate enough about the cause to do mad things like trek 5364 metres up into the sky to reach Everest Base Camp, even when they’re terrified of heights.
Trev’s challenge begins on Saturday, November 10th, when he travels to Nepal. From there he, along with a small group of equally brave/crazy Zoё's Place supporters, will trek for 5-8 hours a day, for 12 days across rough terrain to reach Everest Base Camp. He’ll arrive home (still probably terrified of heights) to a hero’s welcome from the rest of the Mo Bro’s on November 25th.
How tough is it?
Each day of the ascent involves constant uphill and downhill trekking over dry, dusty and rocky terrain, with several high suspension bridges over rivers thrown in for good measure.
Trev will be exposed to altitudes averaging 4000m, with temperatures of 0° to -10° to look forward to when he retires to a teahouse at night. The only comfort of home he'll have are his phone and a stash of Mo Bro’s beard products.
To say it’s extreme is probably an understatement. But Trev doesn’t do things by halves, especially where Zoё's Place concerned. He’s doing 10K treks every day and Park Runs at the weekend in preparation — partly because (by his own admission) he’s quite lazy when he’s not climbing a mountain, but mostly because this is what you have to do to scale Everest. To make it to the Base Camp, a good level of fitness is a must.
Trev is aiming to raise £6,000 for Zoё's Place and he’s two-thirds of the way there! You can help him reach his target by donating to his Just Giving page here:
You can also help him raise awareness by sharing this post or his Just Giving page on social media.
To find out more about the wonderful work of Zoё's Place and their Coventry Baby Hospice, check out their website:
Finally, you’re going to be able to join Trev on his journey (don’t worry, you won’t need any hiking boots for this). He’ll be posting regular Everest vlogs and updates throughout his journey over on our Facebook Beard Community, where you can cheer him on and get a close-up view of how a beard copes at altitude.
Good luck, Trev!