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Linda scales heights with legends

Linda Middleton and Sir Chris Bonington at the charity ice climb event in Keswick. (S)
Linda Middleton and Sir Chris Bonington at the charity ice climb event in Keswick. (S)
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An Earby physiotherapist scaled double the height of Everest alongside climbing legends at the weekend.

Linda Middleton completed a tough team ice-climbing challenge alongside two of the great legends of British mountaineering, Doug Scott (74) and Sir Chris Bonington (80) in Keswick on Friday.

However, Linda was also bidding to complete the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere on Saturday but fell ill beforehand sinking her dream before she reached the water.

The ice-climbing event was held on an indoor 10m high ice wall raising money for the charity Community Action Nepal, an organisation founded by Doug Scott to give back to the people who helped him throughout his climbing career.

Linda was part of a 200-strong relay team of climbers aiming to conquer the height of Everest during the event,

But the group remarkably doubled what they set out to do and raised £36,000, with professional speed climber Leo Houlding scaling the wall 50 times in just 45 minutes.

Linda said: “It was a privilege to be part of a charity event like this, especially alongside two climbing legends in Doug and Sir Chris. Watching Leo climb at the speeds he does was incredible to see too.

“I’d never done ice-climbing before but it was really great fun.

“A fantastic amount of money was raised. Nepal is already one of the poorest countries in the world and the recent earthquakes have dealt a terrible blow.

“CAN has built schools and health posts and helped to staff them over the years, but most have been damaged or destroyed completely and need rebuilding,

“The only downside was not being able to do the swim. I was gutted but I simply could not do it due to illness.”

Linda plans to return to Windermere later in the year to do the mile long swim solo, raising money for Macmillan.

Anyone wanting to support the charities can visit Linda’s JustGiving page at: www.justgiving.com/teams/LindasWildWeekend