Durrington dad climbs equivalent of Mount Everest at home!

Durrington dad climbs equivalent of Mount Everest at home!

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 6:15am 16th April 2020. (Updated at 10:58am 16th April 2020)

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Carl Orme tackled the height of the famous mountain by climbing the STAIRS in his house more than THREE THOUSAND TIMES!

Carl is on a major fundraising mission this year for Breast Cancer Now setting himself a target to run 20 marathons by the end of 2020, but with the coronavirus pandemic he's had to get a bit more creative.

The Head teacher of Kiwi Primary School, Susan Raeburn, gave him the idea of climbing the height Mount Everest using the stairs in his home - after her own trip to base camp over Easter was cancelled.

Susan sings with the local Military Wives Choir, which supported Carl at a fundraiser earlier this year and has urged friends to donate to his page.

Not one to turn down a challenge, Carl set off on his quest to scale the 8,848 metre summit from the confines of his home.


"I measured the height of my staircase (2.6m rise), divided this by the height of Everest (8,848m) to give me 3,403 flights of stairs to climb (the descending steps don't count. With 12 steps on my staircase, I climbed 40,836 steps. That way I could ensure the accuracy as everyone's steps are different."

It took four days to reach the summit something Carl describes as "a painful relief."

"Whilst invariably not a patch on the real thing, it felt like a real sense of achievement and I was pleased the pain and struggle I went through for four days helped raise some awareness and money for Breast Cancer."

Carl says he'd love to take on the Earth's highest mountain above sea level for real one day although fears he won't be able to afford it for some time.

You'd be forgiven for thinking Carl would be putting his feet up but this weekend he's set himself yet another slightly crazy challenge this time involving his driveway!

Carl Orme Driveway
Next up for Carl the "driveway marathon!"

"I should have been running Brighton and London Marathons this month as part of my 20 Marathon challenge. With so many postponements, my Autumn is filling fast - I've 5 marathons over 6 weeks in 4 countries to do! So I figured this was safe, adhered to the stay at home rules and again allowed me to hopefully raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer and encourage others to do something too. I will be running the length of my drive, 3,246 times to cover the 42,195m that would be a marathon distance."

If you'd like to support Carl you can donate via his JustGiving page.

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