Images of the destruction caused by the earthquake in Nepal this summer inspired people across the UK to do what they could to help – not least here in Cumbria, the heart of the British climbing scene.
As a climber myself, I’ve visited Nepal several times and have been so moved by the heartbreaking scenes from the many areas I’ve been to. I was delighted to get involved with the recent fundraising event #ClimbforCAN in aid of local charity Community Action Nepal (CAN).
I was contacted by Rupert Bonington about the ClimbforCAN 24-hour ice-climbing challenge, aiming to scale the equivalent height of Everest on the indoor ice wall in Keswick. The ‘expedition’ was led by climbing legends Doug Scott and Chris Bonington who ably climbed the first pitches, after other members of the team had already spent a chilly night out on a portaledge suspended from the wall.
I was there to record the action and cheer them on. Get the whole story in this short video.