Climb­ing Ever­est from here

South Taranaki Star - - OUT & ABOUT - JANE MATTHEWS

A good cause has in­spired a dad and two teenagers to work their way to the sum­mit of Mt Ever­est - in Taranaki that is.

Philip Cram, his son James Cram, 15, and friend Tom le Flem­ing, 16, are three of the 14 peo­ple at­tempt­ing to climb 8848 ver­ti­cal me­tres over the month of Novem­ber to raise money for Nepal.

The three South Taranaki males are part of the New Ply­mouth Moun­tain Bik­ers club where Hasley Lobb, the or­gan­iser of the event 8848m For Nepal, is pres­i­dent.

‘‘After the 2015 earth­quake over there [Nepal] the wa­ter sup­ply got cleaned out.Hasley said ‘we’re go­ing to try raise funds for this and this is what we’re do­ing and do you want to do it?’’’ Philip said.

The event re­quires par­tic­i­pants to climb around 250 ver­ti­cal me­tres a day to reach the Ever­est sum­mit 8848m - by the end of the month. They are try­ing to raise $20,000 for the cause.

The height was the same as climb­ing Par­itutu three times ev­ery day of the month, or go­ing from North Eg­mont to the top of Mt Taranaki six times.

le Flem­ing said it gave them a bit of a chal­lenge. James agreed.

‘‘It gives us some­thing to do, keeps us fit and helps out an­other com­mu­nity.’’

Philip said so far he and the teenagers had climbed around 2000 ver­ti­cal me­tres each.

‘‘You could go walk­ing, you could climb to the moun­tain, you could run up and down stairs, you could bike from here to wher­ever, it’s just self-pro­pelled ver­ti­cal me­tres that you’ve got to climb.’’

So far they have only used their bikes.

‘‘We’ve stuck to wheels so far be­cause at least you can free-wheel back down,’’ Philip laughed. ‘‘But there are other peo­ple that have been do­ing other bits and pieces.’’

They all go up to New Ply­mouth on a Wed­nes­day night for a moun­tain bik­ing club night, which helps .

‘‘We did 511 me­tres on Wed­nes­day,’’ James said.

‘‘We biked up to Daw­son Falls the other day and from here to Daw­son Falls is 600 [ver­ti­cal] me­tres so if you just do that ev­ery other day you’ll get there,’’ Philip said.

The par­tic­i­pants keep track of their dis­tance through a smart phone app called Strava.

If you wish to do­nate to sup­port the ef­forts, go on­line to give.ev­ery­day­hero.com/ nz/8848-for-nepal

JANE MATTHEWS/STUFF

James Cram, 15, Tom le Flem­ing, 16, and Philip Cram are at­tempt­ing to climb the height of Mount Ever­est from Taranaki.

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