Everest 24 - Challenge & Talk
On April 3rd 2014, two of our Covent Garden Ice climbing instructors Mollie Hughes and Calum Mallory will be attempting a brand new world record in our store! They are aiming to climb the height of Mount Everest 8,848 meters in our indoor ice climbing wall within a 24 hour period.
In order for them to achieve this world record they will have to climb the wall a staggering 1,106 times within 24 hours, whilst battling the physical strain of climbing vertical ice, sleep deprivation and cold (The temperature in our ice wall is a chilly -10c!).
In May 2012 at the age of 21 Mollie stepped foot on the summit of Mount Everest for the first time via the South Col, and in spring 2015 Mollie and Calum are set to climb Mount Everest via the notorious North-east ridge from Tibet, which would make Mollie the first British female to summit Mount Everest from both sides.
But they need your help! Throughout the day on the 3rd April (10am-6pm) our Vertical Chill ice wall instructors with the help of guest instructor and one of Britain's most well known climbers Neil Gresham are offering 20 minute taster sessions. You need no previous climbing experience - just a bit of determination to reach the top! You will climb alongside Calum and Mollie and however many meters you manage to cover will add to the target of 8848m! These taster sessions are priced at just £10 for 20 minutes and on a turn up and climb basis.
The record attempt will begin on Wednesday 2nd April at 7:30pm and end with an evening of adventure on Thursday 3rd which you are also invited to!
Jon Gupta – High Altitude & Everest TalkGather at 7pm at our Covent Garden store to cheer Mollie and Calum up the final few meters to the summit of Everest!
Following their triumphant finish we welcome Expedition leader Jon Gupta of JCG expeditions to talk about the effects of high altitude mountaineering and his experience of Everest. We will also host the premier screening of a short mountaineering film directed and shot by award winning film maker Mark Leary starring Mollie and Calum, along with a fundraising auction and raffle where you can bid for some exciting products and experiences days.
Please come and show your support at this event on the 3rd April during the day and evening and help to raise the much needed funds for their epic Everest north ridge expedition.
Tickets for the Jon Gupta Talk 'High Altitude and Everest' cost £10
Images courtesy of Rob Williams from Vertical Pioneers.