Lo­cal to tackle chal­lenge

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - TERESA HAT­TAN

Mata­mata po­lice­man Mike Bos­ton will help a mate tackle a world first.

Bos­ton is head­ing to South Amer­ica in Jan­uary to climb its high­est peak, Mt Aconcagua in Ar­gentina, as part of Auck­land school teacher Dave Wil­liams’ ‘sea2­sum­mit7’ ex­pe­di­tion.

Wil­liams is aim­ing to be the first per­son in the world to climb the high­est peak on each of the seven con­ti­nents all the way from sea level. He will start at the near­est ocean and run a marathon each day for as many days as it takes to get to the moun­tain. He will then climb and sum­mit its peak. Wil­liams has al­ready com­pleted three of th­ese: Kosciuszko in Aus­tralia, El­brus in Rus­sia and Kil­i­man­jaro in Tan­za­nia.

The chal­lenge is be­ing un­der­taken in the hope $100,000 can be raised for male men­tal health.

Wil­liams was at a cross­roads in his life and found him­self un­der­tak­ing a sea2­sum­mit of Mt Taranaki. ‘‘I wasn’t that happy in my job and in my life and what I was do­ing. I was only go­ing into the out­doors for work and not ac­tu­ally for per­sonal stuff.’’

He said the Taranaki chal­lenge pro­vided the much-needed change in his men­tal state. On re­turn­ing from this mis­sion, Wil­liams dis­cov­ered one of his close friends had taken his life af­ter bat­tling de­pres­sion. ‘‘He hadn’t talked about it much.’’

While do­ing the Taranaki chal­lenge he imag­ined do­ing one of the sea2­sum­mit chal­lenges on one of the high­est sum­mits in the world.

‘‘It was like a spark kicked off in my brain. Men need to talk about their prob­lems,’’ Wil­liams said.

‘‘It is also some­thing we as cops deal with all too of­ten,’’ Bos­ton added.

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Bos­ton’s per­sonal in­volve­ment has been help­ing Wil­liams with be­hind the scenes ad­min­is­tra­tion work. But in Jan­uary he will be­come Wil­liams’ climb­ing part­ner on Mt Aconcagua, which reaches heights of 6,962m.

‘‘I will be the sole sup­port per­son and cam­era­man doc­u­ment­ing ev­ery­thing as we make our sum­mit bid.’’

PHOTO: MIKE SCOTT/FAIR­FAX NZ

Raglan’s Dave Wil­liams, left, and Mata­mata po­lice­man Mike Bos­ton are tack­ling South Amer­i­can peak Mt Aconcagua as part of the sea2­sum­mit7 cam­paign.

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