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Leading climber in county tops challenge

Posted 25 August 2010
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Leading climber in county tops challenge
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Mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE will be using Ordnance Survey maps as he sets off on a new record-breaking challenge this week - to reach the 39 highest points in each of the historic English shire counties in just eight days.

The climber, who became the first Briton to reach the 14 peaks over 8,000 metres when climbing Kanchenjunga, is to begin his bid this Friday (August 27th) to help raise money for Mountain Rescue.

He was helped by the service in the Lake District last winter when he was caught in an avalanche while wearing his climbing gear.

Staring with the 2,416 ft summit of Whernside in his Native North Yorkshire, the climber plans to finish on September 4th with the highest mountain in England - 3,210 ft high Scafell Pike - and the third highest Helvellyn, which lie in the historic counties of Cumberland and Westmorland.

In between, summits will include hills of rather more modest altitude in counties like Huntingdonshire, whose highest point is called Boring Field.

Commenting during a speaking tour after he completed his 8,000 metre challenge in 2005, Alan Hinkes said his next challenge might be to "take up ballroom dancing".

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