Monday, 18 February 2013

Kingston students pictured at the climbathon

A group of students have successfully climbed the equivalent height of Mount Everest in a sponsored climbathon for Surrey Air Ambulance.

Eighteen members of Kingston University Mountaineering Club completed the challenge at the White Spider Urban Climbing Centre at Tolworth last Wednesday (February 13th).

They set themselves a target of scaling a 10-metre wall 885 times in 12 hours but went on to climb 1,122 times in half the time.

KUMC Vice President Victoria De-Valembois Siddall said: “It was such an adrenaline rush to complete it in less than six hours.

I had spent a lot of my time organising the event so actually taking part was an amazing feeling of achievement.

“We were all worried that it would be physically demanding but once we got started we all forget about it being tough. In the end, a few of us were rather competitive and managed to climb 100 times each.”

The students have so far raised £600 for the Air Ambulance including £92 from a cake sale and can still be sponsored at

They chose the life-saving charity as the helicopter is often called to sport and leisure accidents and falls from height.

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