One man ver­sus seven moun­tains

Hamilton Press - - FRONT PAGE - KEL­LEY TANTAU

The Hamil­ton man who pledged to climb more than 12,000 me­tres for the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion is promis­ing to do it all again.

Dan Cos­grove gave him­self the mam­moth task of climb­ing 13 peaks in seven days, which he com­pleted on April 29.

He raised $3,093 - tripling his orig­i­nal goal - but it wasn’t all smooth sail­ing.

‘‘Day One was ac­tu­ally prob­a­bly one of the trick­ier ones. It was go­ing up Hakari­mata three times and that was al­ways go­ing to be tricky,’’ he said.

It was the climb Cos­grove was fear­ing the most, and on his fi­nal as­cend, he al­most hit a wall.

‘‘I had my fam­ily and friends sup­port­ing me and when I came down, I was full of en­ergy. It felt like I could go again.’’

In­stead, Cos­grove went home to put his feet up and pre­pare for Day Two: Mt Karanga­hake.

The sum­mit sits 544m above sea level and wasn’t the orig­i­nal peak. Cos­grove had to find an­other moun­tain to climb af­ter Mt Kar­ioi, in Raglan, was closed.

‘‘That was a bit of a bar­rier. I had to pick an­other moun­tain that was just as chal­leng­ing,’’ he said.

‘‘It was not as high but was still as much of a mis­sion. It was the only day I did with­out any sup­port crew and it was quite dif­fer­ent hav­ing no one there.’’

Day Three was climb­ing Mt Maun­ganui three times, which Cos­grove did with ease. He then went on to climb Sanc­tu­ary Moun­tain, Mt Kakepuku, Mt Piron­gia and Mt Te Aroha.

And now, Cos­grove is plan- ning to do it all again - in one day. He is sched­ul­ing the mis­sion for ei­ther early or later sum­mer, with the in­ten­tion to raise more money and aware- ness for the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion.

‘‘I had a lot of peo­ple ap­proach me and tell me they had close friends that suf­fered from men- tal ill­ness or even them­selves. The big­gest prob­lem in New Zealand is not talk­ing about it, and this has shown al­ready that it’s get­ting peo­ple talk­ing.’’

Dan Cos­grove suc­ces­fully climbed 13 peaks in seven days to raise funds for the Men­tal Health Foun­da­tion.

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