04/05/2017

Over Easter, 20 children and young people aged between 7 and 18 years old took part in climbing challenge to raise funds for the OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN).

Over Easter, 20 children and young people aged between 7 and 18 years old took part in a climbing challenge to raise funds for the OPEN Youth Trust (OPEN).

On Saturday 22nd April, the Junior and Senior Ascenders Climbing Clubs at OPEN attempted the climb the collective height of the five tallest mountains in the UK or 6,480 meters in just one day.  This attempt follows on from their successful attempt to climb the height of Mount Kilimanjaro which is the highest freestanding mountain in the world standing at 5,895 metres high.

In order to successfully complete this challenge the climbers had to make make just over 540 ascents of the 12 metre climbing wall at OPEN, which is Norfolk's tallest indoor climbing wall.  In the end between 10.00am and 4.00pm the climbers had made a total of 621 assents which is a total of 7,452 metres.

Dan Jeffrey, OPEN’s Climbing instructor said "‘It was a great day, im really proud of the young people that I work with.  Their dedication to completing the challenge shows how much they appreciate the work that OPEN does.  On the day we raised £120 with more sponsor money still to come in."

Harry Piercy, aged 16 and one of the members of the Ascenders club said “We have gained so much from taking part in climbing at OPEN that we wanted to be able to give something back and raise funds for them and this challenge is an excellent way to do this”.

For more information call 01603 252110 or email activities@opennorwich.org.uk 

Photo caption:  A selection of members from the Ascenders Climbing Clubs who completed the challenge

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