UCD Mountaineering Club Climb Everest!

09 Mar 2017

It might seem an unlikely tale but on March 5th, UCD Mountaineering Club managed to climb “Everest” right here on campus and all in support of a fantastic cause, the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team an organisation which lies close to the heart of UCDMC and its members.

Last Sunday, a group of over 30 intrepid explorers arrived at the Sports Center’s climbing wall with the aim of collectively climbing the distance between base camp and it’s summit in a slightly more insulated setting than northern Nepal. That initial target of roughly 3,700 meters quickly proved to be far too conservative an estimate of UCDMC’s capabilities as 8,848 meters, the distance between sea level and the summit was eventually surpassed and by day's end the final distance covered came in at a whopping 10,292 meters, crushing the initial target that had been set.

UCD MC Charity Fundraiser 2

The driving force behind this achievement was, of course, to raise much-needed funds for the Dublin/Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team and the total at time of writing stands at €600 with more donations expected in the coming days. The Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team comprises of 40 dedicated, highly trained and committed volunteers, who remain on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days of the year, tirelessly responding to calls for assistance from those themselves in need on our hills and mountains.

Officially established in 1984, the DWMRT have noticed a continued increase in those engaging in Mountaineering related pursuits, leading to an increase in the number of people requiring assistance on our mountains, which means any funds donated will play a part in ensuring the provision of a service which is more in demand than ever.

UCD Mountaineering Club can be contacted at mountaineering@ucd.ie and more information on the Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team can be found at http://www.dwmrt.ie/