The Outdoor Shop Sponsors Young Mountaineer to Complete The Seven Summits Challenge

Top Quote The Outdoor Shop are sponsoring a young mountaineer, Lewis Pickersgill to complete the Seven Summits challenge by March 2015. By doing so, Lewis hopes to raise 25,000 for the Alzheimer's Society. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) February 19, 2013 - The Outdoor Shop is delighted to announce that Lewis Pickersgill has completed the first part of the Seven Summits challenge by climbing Kilimanjaro. It was during last summer that Lewis decided to set himself such as challenging goal, and he hopes that with his efforts he will be able to raise 25,000 for the Alzheimer's Society.

    Lewis is completing the challenge as part of The Seven Summits North West; a youth led team from Warrington Cheshire. For the Seven Summits challenge, Lewis plans on climbing the highest mountain on each of the seven continents which includes Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Elbrus in Russia, Carstenz Pyramide in Papua New Guinea, Mount Vinson in Antarctica, Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount Everest in Tibet and Denali in Alaska.

    When speaking of his inspiration for taking up the challenge, Lewis mentions how is Granddad has played an important part in influencing him:

    'Perhaps the biggest inspiration in my life is my Granddad. He is the most hardworking and loyal man I have ever known. At the age of 67 he has been working in the trading industry for over 40 years. He has been involved in the building industry throughout this period and has been one of the most influential players in this field for several decades. He has suffered from numerous cancers, heart complications, a broken back, an assortment of soft tissue injuries and yet still today works 6 days in a job that is both physically and mentally challenging.'

    Although never personally being affected by dementia, Lewis was drawn to the cause of the Alzheimer's Society as 800,000 people in the UK are suffering from the disease.

    The Alzheimer's society is a leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers. The work that the charity carried out includes day to day care for people with dementia as well as support services for partners and families.

    A secondary goal of Lewis' is to create a legacy of youth empowerment and to encourage young people to take charge to their lives, surrounding themselves with like-minded, ambitious individuals.

    With his equipment provided by The Outdoor Shop, which includes an extensive list including trekking poles, a hydration system and plenty of technical mountaineering clothing, Lewis set out on the first leg of his Seven Summits challenge on the 17th of January and summited Kilimanjaro in Tanzania at 8.30 am (local time) on 24th of January.

    Lewis is due to complete the Seven Summits challenge in March of 2015.

    For more information, contact Ryan Whitworth at The Outdoor Shop.

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