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Hinkes challenge continues

Posted 31 August 2010
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Hinkes challenge continues
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Mountaineer Alan Hinkes is continuing to make progress in his record bid to reach the highest points of the 39 historic English counties in just eight days.

Tweeting as he went on, the first Briton to conquer the 14 peaks over 8,000 metres in the world revealed he started with his hiking boots on, climbing the Cheviot in Northumberland at 2,674 ft, followed by 2,585 ft Mickle Fell, the highest spot in Durham.

He has since found the lowest of the highest points, reaching Boring Field in Huntingdonshire with the aid of a local person.

Other tops that differ in character from the mountainous summits at the start include the highest spot in Rutland - backing onto a council estate - and Hertfordshire's highest point in the middle of a road in the town of Bushey.

The charity challenge is aiming to raise money for Lake District mountain rescue teams who helped Hinkes when he was caught in an avalanche last winter.

Anyone attempting the equivalent challenge in Scotland will find 25 of its counties have a highest point over 2,000 ft up, although this includes counting Scotland's second highest peak - Ben Macdui - twice for Aberdeenshire and Banffshire.