The One Show’s Alex Jones to scale a 1200ft rock face

The BBC presenter will head to Utah’s Zion National Park to attempt the challenge for Sport Relief


Despite having no climbing background, Welsh One Show presenter Alex Jones will travel to Utah to attempt Moonlight Buttress – one of the most thrilling climbs on the planet.


Jones will scale the 1,200ft sandstone rock face in Zion National Park over three days, sleeping in a hanging tent – called a portaledge. The brave presenter has been preparing for the ascent since the New Year.

The team behind Jones’ Sport Relief challenge has named it ‘Alex Against the Rock’.

“I’m absolutely exhausted from training, I had no idea what hard work it would be,” said 36-year-old Jones. “The only thing I’ve ever climbed before is a tree,” she admitted.

Jones will have to carry all her food and water during the climb, making the ascent even harder, due to the extra weight.

Her three-day climbing attempt will start on March 18, ending to coincide with Sport Relief night on March 21.

The One Show will follow her journey throughout the week leading up to the Sport Relief event, and there will be a full documentary after the challenge.

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