There is no other force that can deliver this – 45 Commando's Recce Troop remains at the forefront of expeditionary capability

Captain Arron Broughton Royal Marines, Officer Commanding Recce Troop

Handbooks for climbers warn it’s “the most challenging mountaineering expedition in the British Isles”, akin to tackling parts of the Alps: 30 gnarled peaks twisting and twining, rising and falling some 4,000 metres along their length.

Those same guidebooks reckon it takes most experienced climbers – this is not a route for walkers – around 30 hours to finish… although ninety percent of civilians fail to complete the full 12-kilometre route

So Recce Troop are understandably proud with their time of 21 hours 45 minutes. They’re also the only unit to have completed the entire ridge in decades.

Not that it was easy. And it was all completed in military fatigues using military kit.

“The way is exposed and gruelling with continuous climbing, abseiling, challenging route finding and all the logistical hassles of a real expedition, including a mountaintop encampment,” explained mountain leader and Officer Commanding Recce Troop Capt Arron Broughton.

“There is no other force that can deliver this – 45 Commando's Recce Troop remains at the forefront of expeditionary capability.”

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