Page last updated at 07:38 GMT, Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Team plan 2,000-mile charity ride

Phil Sutton, Ed Lines, Nick Warner
Phil, Ed and Nick have been learning Spanish and how to ride

A Perthshire man is preparing to embark on a 2,000 mile journey through South America on horseback for charity.

Nick Warner, 23, from Bridge of Cally, will ride from southern Ecuador to Bolivia, along with friends Ed Lines, 23, and Phil Sutton, 24.

The trek, which could last more than six months, will take them across deserts, jungle and mountains.

The team aims to raise about 30,000 for the Alzheimer's Society and South American poverty-reduction group Bruce.

The Alzheimer's Society is close to the men's hearts, because their families have been affected by dementia.

The team will be riding three horses and will bring along another two pack horses.

Feeding the animals is Mr Warner's biggest worry.

He said: "People who've done similar tasks before, it's always been one person and two horses and they get welcomed in and they can get enough food for two horses, just, to keep them going.

"Getting food for five horses will be a serious logistical challenge."

I'm sure we'll be robbed at some point or other but those aren't the biggest concerns
Nick Warner
Mr Warner is less concerned about their own well-being, but recognises there will be challenges.

"In terms of sleeping it'll be a case of trying to borrow whoever's pigsty or shack we can or just finding shelter and putting up a tent," he said.

"Obviously there are risks of being mugged by bandits and there's a minor risk of kidnapping in southern Peru.

"I'm sure we'll be robbed at some point or other but those aren't the biggest concerns compared to keeping ourselves healthy and keeping the horses healthy."

The team have been taking Spanish lessons and also hope to pick up some of the native language Quechua.

Mr Lines and Mr Sutton have also been learning how to ride horses.

Mr Warner hopes to become an accountant on his return, but believes this will give him the chance to enjoy life before settling down.

He said: "Along the way we'll be at various points in the Andes where you just see some of the most spectacular scenery and you're completely removed from anywhere.

"I think moments like that will make you realise what it's all about.

"It's a form of escapism I guess, trying to get out of our potential careers in London that we're all hoping to start off on when we come back."

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