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Eiger Paraclimb 2015
£1,220 raised
124% of £980 goal
39 contributors
4 Years running

A small team of British Paraclimbers are tackling the West Flank Route to the summit of The Eiger in Switzerland in July along with Finalcrux Films who will be recording the climb. Assisted by Mark McGowan and Colin Gourlay, the team's objective is to safely climb The Eiger with two members of the GB Paraclimbing Team, John Churcher (Visually Impaired), Alex Taylor (Multiple Sclerosis), and British Paraclimber Jamie Owen (Autism).

The Eiger Paraclimb 2015 is inspired by a will to raise awareness of Paraclimbing on an international stage alongside supporting the climbout365 challenge for awareness of mental health.

John with Mark (his sight guide) and Alex recently competed in the televised 2014 World Championships in Gijon, Spain where John took Bronze Medal. John has 3% tunnel vision and also wears two hearing aids. Alex has MS which will be a separate challenge both in terms of balance due to weakness on her left side, coordination, and heat induced physical and mental fatigue. The paraclimber's disabilities in this mountain environment, although challenging, will require a very technical approach to elements of the climb which would not normally be part of a standard ascent.

"... On a personal note, I expect that the climb will not only change the lives of the participating climbers, but also have resonance right across the globe as to what is possible when a group of friends challenge both themselves within their sport but more importantly, challenge society to think differently about the possibilities of the human spirit, disabled or not..."

So far, we've raised nearly £2,00 but we need your help to raise a little bit more to finalise our food and travel costs. Please give as little or as much as you can... every penny really counts! 

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