Thursday, 20 September 2012
The dust has now settled on the track up Tinto hill (707m) that was the scene for the Everest Tinto 2012 Challenge on the weekend of September 1st and 2nd.
The aim of which was to raise funds for two outstanding charities; Wiston Lodge and Moffat Mountain Rescue Team. Teams or individuals had to climb Tinto hill from Base Camp in Wiston Lodge to accumulate a total of 7.5 ascents to represent the climb from Base Camp to the summit of Everest minus the effects of altitude, luckily.
The keen climbers early on Saturday starting in cloud that covered the whole down to Base Camp with quite strong winds on the summit that collapsed the Summit safety tent manned by the Mountain Rescue Team leader. Unfettered he sat it out sheltering behind a cairn of stones; they're tough these guys.
Adrian and Shiv's video of conditions on the summit.
At about 10:30 a group of 28 stars from Covey, a Lanarkshire based befriending organisation, arrived to take up the Challenge. After getting kitted out with boots and waterproofs they were ready to go. They started off to the sound of a championship piper and cheers from the onlookers. They made good time through Camps 1 & 2, also manned by Rescue Team members to the Summit where they raised their flag and each person left a coloured pebble making a cairn on the summit.
In the meantime Tom Allan, Corrie Mason and later Mike MacLeod set up their glamping base camp and then started their ascents with the aim of climbing Tinto 7.5 times each over the weekend. Amazingly they recorded each ascent for their sponsors by tweeting, recording podcasts and videoing their climbs.
The weather improved as the day went on and by the time the Covey teams and Team Tinto Everest reached the top the sun came out they could see all of Lanarkshire around them.
That evening we were treated to a great talk by author Peter Wright of 'Ribbon of Wildness' about walking the watershed of Scotland, followed by a well attended ceilidh, including our house guests on exchange from Belarus. Then off to bed for an early start.
Sunday was much better weather and quite warm. Tom and team were away early and needed to get 4.5 ascents in to complete their individual challenge. Adrian returned to colette his team's challenge and recorded the fastest ascent of the weekend. We were joined by Mairi McGinnis, our Finance Coordinator, and daughters Julie and Laura, who had come all the way up from Oxford for the event.
All climbers did well to achieve their own particular challenges and the event finished at 19:15 when a very tired, yet elated, Tom and Mike completed their challenges. Tough going.
Well done to all our climbers who each went through some tough times to raise money for our two charities. They accepted the challenge and overcame it.
Final amount raised will be announced as soon as all the sponsorship money is in, but is expected to be in the region of £2,500. There will be prizes awarded then too, so watch this space!
Many thanks to our sponsors; Co-op for the goody bags and Sean Maguire of Skian Mhor for the use of the two marquees. Also thanks go to our logistics Team in the office; Claire, Kerry and Mairi; grounds team Stu, Peter and Micah; Jason for helping run the Registation cabin with Kerry; Nikki and Stoby for keeping the BBQ going with great food. Well done to you all. That was the warm up for a much bigger event next year.
How about putting a team in for next year? A team of 8 does the climb once each, 4 twice and so on and you have a day or the weekend of 31st August and 1st September to do it. Plenty of time to get a team, get fit, and get fundraising. Let's go!
If you are interested or for any further information please contact Kerry on Contact us