Fort climber to reach new heights in Kyr­gyzs­tan

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A LOCHABER climber who for the past three years has been help­ing the Ben Ne­vis North Face Sur­vey team reach re­mote and near-in­ac­ces­si­ble plant life is to take her skills to the moun­tains of Kyr­gyzs­tan.

Sally Hud­son, a qual­i­fied as­tro­physi­cist, will study and re­port on the alpine plant life high in the re­mote Djenghi-Djer Moun­tains.

Her ex­pe­di­tion will be sup­ported by an award from the Des Rubens and Bill Wal­lace Grant – a me­mo­rial run by the John Muir Trust to cel­e­brate the lives of two leg­endary moun­taineers from Ed­in­burgh, who were both pres­i­dents of the Scot­tish Moun­taineer­ing Club.

On re­turn­ing to Lochaber, 29-year- old Sally plans to visit schools and col­leges to de­scribe her ex­pe­ri­ences and en­cour­age fu­ture ad­ven­tur­ers.

She said: ‘ I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted to be a re­cip­i­ent of the Des Rubens and Bill Wal­lace Grant, and find it dif­fi­cult to ex­press just how grate­ful I am to be con­sid­ered de­serv­ing of such an award.

‘It has been a dream of mine to climb new sum­mits in an un­ex­plored area of Kyr­gyzs­tan. To now be do­ing it with the sup­port of the John Muir Trust is an hon­our.

‘ The grant is a huge boost to the ex­pe­di­tion and will go a long way to help my­self and the rest of the team achieve our goals.’

Lochaber climber Sally Hud­son will be trav­el­ling to Kyr­gyzs­tan to re­port on Alpine plant life in the moun­tains.

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