Twelve boys, one rope, one massive mountain. That is the challenge that members of Huntingdon Gymnastics Club have set themselves in order to raise money for the Nepal Earthquake Disaster Appeal. Members of the elite boys section will spend the next few weeks climbing a 5 metre rope, hands only, until the 8848 metre height of Mount Everest is achieved. That amounts to over 1770 rope climbs between a dozen gymnasts- over 150 per person.
The Challenge is the brainchild of elite squad member Tony Duchars, 17, who saw an opportunity for his teammates to increase their strength as well as raise money for a deserving cause. The Club has placed a giant photo of Everest in the foyer of the gym and will log the progress of their climb by marking milestones such as Kathmandu, Base Camp, and the various stages to the top of the mountain.
Huntingdon Head Coach, Paul Hall, commented:
'This is a great idea in collaboration with Huntingdon Rotarians that will allow our gymnasts to show some support to those people that have lost so much through this disaster. The boys are very competitive, with one gymnast, Ali Hussein, completing 100 rope climbs in just one week - an amazing achievement.'The Climb is in partnership with the Rotary Club of Huntingdon who have already initiated an appeal for the Earthquake victims of Nepal. Anyone wishing to donate should log on to: