Rhod Gilbert in wooly hat


Having finally recovered from climbing Kilimanjaro in 2014, Rhod has embarked upon his next challenge in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre. Together with some of the Manic Street Preachers, Shane Williams and 60 other trekkers Rhod has headed off to trek through Patagonia.

The trip coincides with the 150th anniversary of Welsh settlers arriving in Patagonia and will celebrate to the exact day, the historical climb up Craig Goch to the point where Cwm Hyfrd was first seen 150 years ago.

Rhod said “I’ve been a proud Patron of Velindre for just over a year, and as someone who has been fascinated by our Patagonia heritage, this trek has enormous appeal; it’s a great chance to raise funds for a cause that means a lot to me, and also a rare opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors exactly one hundred and fifty years on. It’s taken me the last 12 months to get over climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Velindre, and that was a fantastic experience so I’m really looking forward to this next adventure.

The route takes in some amazing scenery with icefalls, lakes and views of the Andes, but we also face a tough 6 day trek, carrying our own kit, camping and walking up to 22 hours a day; but this is nothing compared to the challenges that cancer patients face each day. So I hope people will dig deep and help support Velindre.”

Please visit Rhod’s fundraising page, and please give if you can: www.justgiving/rhodpatagoniatrek