Air cadet treks the Rockies to follow in explorer’s footsteps

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A Scarborough air cadet has followed in the footsteps of famous Scottish explorer Sir Alexander Mackenzie on a pioneering trail in the heights of the Rocky Mountains as part of a special expedition by the Yorkshire and Humberside Cadet Forces.

Harry Brown, 17, was among 13 cadets and seven adult instructors from across the region who were specially chosen after a rigorous assessment process to take part in the challenging expedition.

Harry spent three weeks trekking across the stunning West Coast Mountains of British Columbia in Canada, following the final section of the Mackenzie trail – a trail rarely used because of its challenging nature.

Harry raised £1,200 to pay for the trip, which was subsidised by the Yorkshire Cadet Trust, through a range of fundraising activities such as sponsored events, bag packing and weekend working in local businesses.

Harry said: “Trekking across the wilderness was an incredible experience, but a huge challenge.

“It was a once in a lifetime opportunity which I’ll never forget.

“The trails we followed in places are not often used as it’s considered too tough for most trekkers and in fact we only met five other people in the mountains during the entire trek!”