Man climbs mountains for Mental Health
A Morrinsville Country Music Club member, 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 $3093 - 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.
‘‘It was okay in the end. 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, in Hauraki.
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.
Day Three was climbing Mt Maunganui three times, which Cosgrove did with ease, despite facing a loss in the family the day before.
‘‘My aunty would have wanted me to continue,’’ he said.
He then went on to climb Sanctuary Mountain (Mt Maungatautari), Mt Kakepuku, Mt Pirongia and Mt Te Aroha.
And now, Cosgrove is planning 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 awareness for the Mental Health Foundation.
Dan Cosgrove will climb 13 peaks to raise funds for the Mental Health Foundation.