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New mountain challenge for charity climber

Posted 2 October 2012
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New mountain challenge for charity climber
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A man who has proved it is possible to climb mountains after a hip replacement is to take on a new challenge.

Bill Guiller from Larne in Northern Ireland underwent a double hip replacement five years ago, before which he could not walk, the Larne Times reports.

Since the operation he has made the most of his new mobility, putting on his walking boots and scaling Ben Nevis twice.

The second instance last month saw Mr Guiller raise £1,700 for Cancer Focus NI, adding to the £1,500 he accumulated when he scaled Scotland's highest peak last year.

He told the paper: "Cancer Focus NI are doing great work and the Ben Nevis Challenge is an ideal way to support them and raise awareness about a cause that I am passionate about.

"Having completed the challenge before, I felt more confident this time and was able to enjoy it a bit more and take in the breathtaking scenery."

Saying he would "definitely recommend" the adventure, Mr Guiller plans to head back up the mountain next year.

However, that is not the limit of the charity climber's plans, as he intends to take on the Celtic Mountain Challenge next year, which involves ascending four Irish peaks - Slieve Donard in County Down, Errigal in County Donegal, Croagh Patrick in County Mayo and Lugnaquilla in County Wicklow.

The highest of these is Lugnaquilla at 3,035 ft, one of several peaks in the Republic those seeking new mountain challenges might wish to take on.

Unlike in Engalnd and Wales, these are not confined to one single area, with Lugnaqullia in the Wicklow Mountains near Dublin, while the highest peaks of all are in Kerry.

Carrauntoohil tops the list at 3,414 ft, followed by Beenkeragh, Caher and Cnoc na Peiste, all of which are part of the Macgillycuddy's Reeks range.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801461103-ADNFCR