Oli Brown, a good friend of Jeremy, braved the tough conditions of the world’s most northerly 7,000m peak to raise £1,250 for the JWCT commenting after the climb “I think it was certainly the most tiring thing I've ever done”.
Oli climbed the north ridge of Khan Tengri, a 7,010m mountain in the Tien Shan range on the border of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The mountain, whose name means ‘Lord of the Spirits’, is spectacularly capped by a pyramid of marble. It has notoriously fickle weather and temperatures that drop to minus 35C and the route was steep and exposed, and vertical in a few places.
A team from London Zoo undertook the Three Peaks Challenge in September, an attempt to climb the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales (Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon) in under 24 hours, including travel time. Matt Willson, Melissa Lewis, Melody Fears, Lucy Cannock and Henry Churchill (with invaluable logistical support from Mandy Lee and Stella Kondylas) made a speedy climb of Scotland’s highest peak, . . .