23,500m Climbed in Seven Summits Challenge

Local climbers took to Huddersfield Sports Centre on Sunday to help raise vital funds to provide a new base for the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

Faced with the closure of Marsden Fire Station, where it is currently based, the team now urgently needs to raise funds to secure a new headquarters.

IMG_8105 Huddersfield Sports Centre generously supported HVMRT to host a sponsored climbing event on Sunday, where teams of climbers from across the region competed to scale the heights of various peaks around the world.

At the end of the day, six of the seven challenge peaks were “summited”, with the total height climbed by all participants on the day being 23,500 metres.

Kevin Robinson, of the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team dreamed up the event and rallied local climbers to the cause. He summed up the event; “”The Seven Summits Challenge has been a great success thanks to the many people climbing, organising, donating and supporting the team.

Climbers on Huddersfield Climbing Wall“When the event was first envisioned, a great day like today was the pinnacle what we thought we could achieve. So many people working so hard and having so much fun to raise money for a very important cause.

“I’m immensely proud of the official figure of 23,500m climbed on the day. Thank you to everybody involved and all of our families and friends for such wonderful support.”

Climbers from the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team completed two peaks during the course of the day, before moving on the help contribute to other team’s target peaks.

ROKT Junior Climbing TeamMembers of the ROKT Junior Climbing Team also completed two peaks. Mr Robinson praised their efforts: “The ROKT junior climbing team were an absolute inspiration, they were the first to reach the top of their mountains, and also gained the highest personal number of meters climbed!”

Members of neighbouring Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team also competed – as did Calderdale Mountaineering Club who presented a cheque to the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team to help with the appeal.

Receiving a cheque from Calderdale Mountaineering ClubThe Mayor of Kirklees also called by to offer support and have a taste of climbing.

Early estimations show the event could have raised around £3,500 for the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team.

The Team would like to thank Everyone who came to climb and show their support on the day, especially the ROKT Junior Climbing Team, the staff and management at Huddersfield Sports Centre, Xamax clothing for donating the event T-shirts, SCR Envelopes for printing publicity material and of course the Mayor of Kirklees for supporting the event.