49-year-old Englishman Stuart Kettell became the first man to something you have never ever dreamed off: He pushed a Brussels sprout up Wales’ highest mountain – 1,085m high Mount Snowdon – using only… his Nose!
Just a couple of days before Stuart had announced it on his blog using the epic words of: “On the 30th of July, I’m going to be pushing a brussels sprout up Mount Snowdon with my nose. I did a trial run at Snowden the other day – and 0.1 mile took me 50 minutes. I also trained for my mission by pushing a sprout around my garden with my nose. I selected a specifically large sprout so it won’t not fall down a crevice in the rocky terrain on Snowdon.
These practices were more than enough to motivate me to go all the way… And that was while really driving the sprout hard, pushing it along with my nose. So I’ve calculated that it’s actually going to take me four to five days to complete the challenge. Very rough terrain up there, it’s all slate and rocks and steps.”
Well he wasn’t bragging cause he did go through with this insanely kickass mission. He explained his ‘set-up’:
“I will have a backpack on as well with all the camping gear and lots of spare sprouts. It’s all on my hands and knees all the way with a plastic guard to protect my nose. I have limited food supplies on board so we hope people can bring us up some food now and again,”
So with all those spare Brussel Sprouts in his backpack Stuart set off…
Cameraman Richard Crump, who filmed Kettell throughout the four-day challenge, to make sure he wouldn’t cheat, said that the first day was a grueling start for the English daredevil. “He has no skin on his knees, his wrists are hurting and his neck is really tired. But he is still going,” said Crump. “We have had a lot of funny looks. Some people are bemused. A lot of people have recognized him as the sprout man.”
And that’s how Stuart Kettell actually turned into the semi-superhero: the Sprout Man!
“It’s absolutely grueling,” said a spokesperson for Macmillan Cancer Support. “I’ve just watched him do just nought-point-one of a mile and it was ridiculous. He was having to move rocks out of the way with his hands and the sprout fell apart after a very, very short period of time. So absolutely mental, I have no idea how he’s going to do it, I really don’t.”
And yet, after four agonizing days of pushing Brussels sprout up Mount Snowdon, with his nose, Stuart Kettell managed to reach the summit. Of course, he didn’t push the same veggie all the way up, as the rough terrain shredded through dozens of them, and he had to replace them regularly. In total Kettell used 22 sprouts to get to the highest mountain in Wales.But he did push Brussels sprouts all the way to the top, as he said he would.
All was to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support. Stuart has been fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support for 9 years now and has done many mad cap challenges but this one was by far the wackiest he has ever gone!
His dedication to crazy missions like this one is ‘easily’ explained:
“I have seen first hand the amazing work Macmillan Cancer Support does, not only for the patient but their family and friends too, and on all of my challenges have heard nothing but praise for Macmillan’s support during a difficult time, your cancer stories inspire me even more to carry on, and my challenges are going to get even more crazy!”
Soo Kickass. Soo hopeful for more kickassness from Stuart Kettell’s side!