40 years after the first British ascent of Everest, Sir Chris Bonington and Doug Scott team up once again to launch #ClimbForCAN, a campaign to raise funds which will go to the Community Action Nepal (CAN) Earthquake Appeal.
Starting June 12th, they will lead an ‘expedition’ to scale the height of Everest (8,848m) on the ice wall at King Kong Climbing Centre in Keswick. They are inviting up to 240 members of the public to join the climb where the team will need to climb the wall 1,000 times within 24 hours. This event will also commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first British ascent of Mount Everest in 1975, which was led by Bonington and put Scott on the summit.
CAN was founded by Doug Scott and provides nurses, health posts, teachers, schools and rescue shelters in remote Nepalese villages. Vital community buildings and homes in the regions that were hit the worst, such as Langtang, Gorkha and Helambu, have been badly damaged or completely destroyed. CAN has people on the ground who are already working with locals to offer essential support.
100% of donations made to CAN’s Earthquake Appeal go directly towards relief efforts and the rebuilding of communities. #ClimbForCan has already secured corporate sponsorship from Berghaus and is being supported by Mountain Fuel – Peak Performance Nutrition, King Kong Climbing Centre and Right Lines Communications. The Keswick Mountain Festival has announced that £1 from every entry ticket or activity wristband sold this weekend will be donated to the campaign. In addition, the festival will also support a range of other fundraising activities for CAN, including a massive sale of outdoor kit by Trail magazine in the Festival Village on Crow Park, from 2:30pm on Sunday 17 May.