Property expert Nigel climbs Scarborough's McBean steps 333 times as part of Everest fundraising challenge

Property and building expert Nigel Ingram is climbing Everest - the highest Mountain in the world - without leaving Scarborough and with the help of one of its favourite attractions..

Monday, 17th August 2020, 9:18 am
Updated Monday, 17th August 2020, 11:04 am
Nigel Ingram at McBean Steps in Scarborough

Instead of heading for Nepal and strapping on crampons and a rope, Nigel has slipped on sensible walking shoes and headed for the McBean Steps, alongside the Central Tramway and which run from Blands Cliff to the seafront.

This is his stairway to raising £1,800 for a defibrillator for Langton, near Malton.

There are 153 steps and Nigel is climbing up them 333 times to the equivalent of the height of Everest, 29,029ft or 8,848 metres.

Going down does not count towards the step total - so Central Tramway has offered to give him a ride down for free after each climb.

He started the quest by climbing the stairs at his home repeatedly but needed more of an incentive to complete the challenge.

"My wife Alice is doing the same by walking up the stairs of our home. I need to set a goal and make a commitment to it," said Nigel.

He knew the McBean steps from being at Scarborough College for six years. "I approached Central Tramway to see if I could get a ticket deal and they waived the fee to support the fundraiser," he said.

Nigel and his wife enjoy long distance walking - on hold this year because of the pandemic - and have walked Hadrian's Wall and stretches of the Cleveland Way.

He has climbed the three peaks, Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside in Yorkshire, and the four peaks, Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland, Snowdon, Wales, Scafell Pike, Lake District, and Ben Nevis, Scotland.

"I haven't climbed anything as near as high as Everest," he said.

By Monday August 17, Nigel was a third of the way through his McBean-Everest challenge.

Other residents are also raising money including three friends - called the Wreckers - cycling 32 miles from Langton to Ampleforth College and back.

Once the defibrillator is bought it will be installed in a telephone box in the village and some of the residents will be trained to use it.

Any additional funds raised going to Langton Primary School.

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