Ain't no mountain high enough for Kingston climbers

A group of students are aiming to climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest next week (February 13th) in a sponsored climbathon for Surrey Air Ambulance.

Eighteen members of Kingston University Mountaineering Club will attempt to scale a 10-metre wall 885 times in just 12 hours - a total of 8,850 metres.

The challenge gets under way at 10am at the White Spider Urban Climbing Centre at Tolworth and there will also be a raffle of Marmot outdoor clothing.

KUMC Vice President Victoria De-Valembois Siddall said: “It’s going to be a very challenging 12 hours and very painful, especially for our hands.

“Because of the nature of our sport, we rely on the Air Ambulance if we have an accident so it‘s

vital that we raise money to help keep the two helicopters airborne.”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance attended 1,339 call-outs last year and 16 per cent of them were falls from height.

The students have so far raised £370 of their £500 target and can be sponsored at


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