Young people reach great heights in charity climbing challenge

Junior and Senior Ascenders Climbing Clubs members at OPEN attempting to collectively climb 10,000 m

Junior and Senior Ascenders Climbing Clubs members at OPEN attempting to collectively climb 10,000 meters in one day.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

A team of young people reached great heights as they collectively climbed more than 10,000 metres in a day for a charity Christmas challenge.

Junior and Senior Ascenders Climbing Clubs members at OPEN attempting to collectively climb 10,000 m

Junior and Senior Ascenders Climbing Clubs members at OPEN attempting to collectively climb 10,000 meters in one day.PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

About 20 members of the Junior and Senior Ascenders Climbing Clubs at OPEN Youth Trust took part in the fundraiser at the Norwich venue's climbing wall on Saturday.

The team members started at about 10am and completed their quest at about 5.15pm.

To reach their 10,000 metre goal, between them they made more than 830 ascents of the 12 metre climbing wall.

They hope to have raised more than £500 for Open, an organisation which aims to provide opportunities for young people and make a positive difference to their lives.

'It is the young people's way of giving a bit back to Open,' said climbing instructor Dan Jeffrey.

'I am very proud of the young people I work with.

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'They are definitely an inspiration.

'Everybody did really well. It was a top performance from everyone.'

The climbers who took part were aged eight to 18 and some of them made more than 100 ascents.

Last year a group of young climbers from Open collectively climbed 5,895 metres, the height of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world.

Anyone who would like to support OPEN's Ascenders Climbing Clubs can make a donation by texting OYTN15 and the amount they wish to give to 70070 or by visiting www.justgiving.com/oyt/

For more about Open Youth Trust, visit www.opennorwich.org.uk

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