While Blue Bank’s 1 in 4 gradient may, for many in the Whitby area, seem an almost impossible slope to surmount, Sleights resident Brian Crinion has succeeded in scaling much greater heights for charity.
He recently returned from Peru, where he journeyed the Moonstone Trek – known as the ‘alternative Inca Trail’ – and visited the world famous ruins of Machu Picchu, in a bid to raise funds for the North Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The Moonstone Trek, which reaches almost 15,000 ft (just over 4,500 metres) at its highest point, is an isolated route with many unexplored ruins and stunning mountain views to take in, and took four days to complete.
Brian said: “It was really cold up there – sometimes there was ice on the tent’s zips, and it could be hard to get up on a morning.”
This isn’t the first trek Brian has taken part in, as he has also climbed such world renowned mountains as Mont Blanc, Toubkal in Morocco, Mt Fuji, the Japanese Alps, and Mt Kilimanjaro.
Of his various jaunts, he said: “I’d probably say Kilimanjaro was the most challenging, as it’s the highest, and was the first one I did, but culturally Machu Picchu was more interesting.”
Sixty-three year-old Mr Crinion added: “The Moonstone Trek was a very hard slog – apparently I’m one of the oldest people to do it!”
As well as climbing the various mountain ranges, Brian has also raised further funds by giving talks about his adventures to the local community and performing with his band, the Watershed Jammers, so called as they “never manage to get started before the watershed”.
The total collected for the North Yorkshire Air Ambulance so far amounts to around £3,000.
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