Climb for Colin
The Leeds Wall
Twenty-four climbers completed the 'Climb for Colin' on Sunday 28th November in memory of Colin Alker, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2006 aged just 36. One of Colin's ambitions, which he never realised, was to climb a 'big wall' in the USA. So fellow climbers from the Calderdale Mountaineering Club and members of Colin's family planned to do some of these routes in his memory by climbing the equivalent height indoors at The Leeds Wall. Three teams planned to climb the same height as the Nose of El Capitan (900m), two teams aimed for the South Face of Washington Column (335m) and one team aimed to do the height of the Lost Arrow Spire (425m) - all climbs in Yosemite Valley in California. Another team tackled the Moonlight Buttress (365m), a famous climb in Zion National Park, Utah.
Among the climbers was Colin's widow Jill, sister Carolyne and brother-in-law Andrew, and Colin's daughter Hannah, aged seven. Carolyne said, "Climbing was Colin's passion and he would have been the first one to get involved in such a positive event, so we are thrilled to be able to take part on his behalf."
7,168 metres was climbed and £2,376 raised in sponsorship - both targets well and truly smashed!