Monklands four tackle Ben Nevis for charity
FOUR intrepid Monklands adventurers camped out on Britain’s highest mountain to raise funds for St Andrew’s Hospice.
Coatbridge duo Alan Easton and Lorraine Glendinning, Chapelhall woman Angela Forrest and Airdrie man Norbert Grant all took on the 24 hour Ben Nevis challenge.
They were among a group of eight who climbed the 4409ft peak, trying their hand at “wild camping” along the way, and were rewarded by seeing a spectacular 4.30am sunrise.
Each participant carried all their own gear including tents, sleeping bags and cooking equipment as they scaled the mountain in the hospice’s first challenge of its kind.
Norbert said: “Everybody trained very hard for this physically demanding experience, and while climbing, Swarovski the heat was almost unbearable, legs were sore and tired, and shoulders were hurting under the weight of the bags.
“Spirits were high, though, and with a little encouragement from each other, everyone managed to overcome their fatigue to conquer the Ben and get front row seats to the most beautiful burning red sunrise.”
Lorraine added of the adventure: “It was the most amazing experience,” while fellow climber Angela described the unique early morning scene at the summit Swarovski as “mind blowing”.
The Ben Nevis challenge was devised by Norbert, chairman of Airdrie and District Round Table who sponsored the event.
A keen mountaineer, he drew on his experience to plan the climb and camp out, and now hopes that it will become an annual fundraiser for the Henderson Street hospice.
St Andrew’s Hos Swarovski pice representative Donna McLelland said: “The eight amazing individuals who signed up to the sunrise challenge are an inspiration.
“We want to pass on our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all of the participants; their fabulous support in helping us raise vital funds for Lanarkshire’s only specialist hospice is tru Swarovski ly appreciated.”