On Friday 17th August the pair Mark Stevenson and Rich Mayfield completed the fantastic achievement of climbing all 60 Hard Rock classics in only 5 weeks.Previously only 2 (known) people have climbed all 60 routes and it took each of them 10 years to complete the list. Why the difficulty in climbing 60 routes? When it´s 200 pitches, 22,000ft of climbing, 180miles of walk-ins and over 4,500miles of driving all over the U.K the size of the task soon becomes clear. Mark and Rich began on Friday 13th July (not caring about omens) in the Cheddar Gorge and finally finished their last Hard Rock classic, Moonraker, at Berry Head in Cornwall at 2pm Friday.
|The boys top out on route number 60, Champagne on hand. ph. Hard Rock Blog|
The challenge started off as a personal one but soon changed into a worthy cause of raising money for the British Mountain Rescue services. At the moment, the fund stands at just over £5,500 and if you want to donate, pelase do by visting the Hard Rock challenge website. planetFear want to send their congratulations to Rich and Mark for a fantastic achievement. About the classic Hard Rock Book: “Hard Rock edited by ken Wilson, published in 1974, is now as much a part of British climbing history as the routes it records. Comprising a series of inspired and varied essays by some of the country´s best known climbers, including Bonington, Crew, Perrin, Nunn and Drummond it detailed 60 of the best routes in the country. Written at a pivotal time in the development of climbing in Britain it set a marker in the sand and recorded the finest greatest climbing achievements of the previous three decades” Visit the Hard Rock Challenge website>> Read about the whole 5 weeks on the Hard Rock Blog here>>