Ginge spent over 20 years as a Clearance Diver in the Royal Navy. He has been a member of many different diving teams with a wide variety of roles including underwater engineering, Explosive Ordinance Disposal and deep and experimental diving. Awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for saving lives during the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster at Zeebrugge, he has also taken part in some of the world’s toughest courses such as the Commando Course for the Green Beret and he has also twice taken part in the Royal Navy Fieldgun Competition, generally regarded as the toughest team sport in the world.
A broken neck in 1990 whilst playing rugby and a heart attack in 1996 on Mount Everest has not stifled his zest for life, nor stopped him pursuing anything he sets his mind to.
The Highest Challenge is an ongoing Challenge to climb the highest mountain in as many of the 195 countries of the world as possible.
Already holding the World Records for being the first person to climb the highest mountain in every country in Europe and in Africa, Ginge Fullen is attempting to climb the highest mountain in more countries than anyone else to date, presently 167 countries.
Climbing the countries in Europe took seven years and saw many problems and hardships including muggings, knife attacks, having to avoid landmines in Croatia, avoiding Palace Guards in the Vatican City, being robbed by Chechen bandits, and bribing his way to the top of Mount Ararat in Turkey which had not been officially climbed in over 10 years.
In Africa Ginge saw wars, conflicts and military coups, the threat of landmines, the danger of snakes, lion and crocodiles, plus other occasional life threatening moments such as being held at gunpoint in Somalia, being arrested and taken for a mercenary in Liberia, being mugged by a gang of five in Kenya and coming within ten metres of a wild elephant blocking the path on Gabon’s highest peak.
The countries highlighted with blue are those which Ginge has climbed thus far.
|Benin||Dem Rep of Congo||Kenya||Namibia||Swaziland|
|Cameroon||Eritrea||Madagascar||São Tomé & Principe||Uganda|
|Central African Rep||Gabon||Mali||Seychelles||Zimbabwe|
|Chad||Gambia||Mauritania||Sierra Leone||South Sudan (2012)|
|Bahrain||Oman||Saudi Arabia||United Arab Emirates||Yemen|
|NORTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN|
|Antigua and Barbuda||Canada||Dominican Repub.||Jamaica||Saint Lucia|
|Barbados||Dominica||Haiti||St Kitts and Nevis||United States of America|
|CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA|
|Belize||Colombia||Guatemala||Panama||Trinidad and Tobago|
|AUSTRALIA AND THE PACIFIC|
|Australia||Marshall Islands||New Zealand||Samoa||Tuvalu|
|Kiribati||Nauru||Papua New Guinea||Tonga|
Vatican City was nice