Simon Bennett is going to climb Mount Everest
(in his garage at home)
Simon says -
Hi, my name is Simon Bennett and this year I'm going to climb Mount Everest !
I'm a husband, father and animal lover living in Rural Yorkshire.
As a bit of background, I'm 6ft 4 tall, 18 stone average guywho likes to try and keep fit.
I have an office job working as an architect for WR Dunn and as a result spend most of my days sat down behind a computer screen.
To help to cope with our current situation of lockdown I have built a make-shift gym in my garage. Exercise has helped with both mental and physical wellbeing over these difficult times.
This year to stay focused I need a challenge.
Mountains have always been a passion and none is more impressive than Everest or
in the Tibetan language, Chomolungma ( ཇོ་མོ་གླང་མ ) which means "Mother Goddess of the World."
In 2016 Ross Edgley climbed the 8,849m height using a 10m
rope in 24hrs. There is no way I can do this!
So my challenge is to climb the height of Mt Everest 8,849m using my pull up bar in my garage!
Tape measure in hand I measured that each pull up
I do results in a 0.6m gain in height. So with a bit of basic
math - I need to do 14,749 pull ups.
At the start of January 10 pull ups at a time was my maximum so a realistic goal had to be set.
I have set the goal of achieving this within the year.
This means a minimum of 42 pull ups every day for the rest of the year ( I started on 8th Jan )
So far on 20th January my total is 560 or 336m.
To sponsor Simon and help Border Collie Rescue,
the following options are available -
Sponsor on line using a credit or debit
card here -
this link to donate to Simon's Everest page and not the 'Please
Donate' link above!
If you know Simon you can give him
(But not until the lockdown has finished and even then under Covid
Make a donation through your bank to Border Collie Rescue's bank
Use the reference 'Everest' so we know what the donation
You can use
our standing order form (a single donation can be made using the
form) or donate using the BACS system.
Payee - Border Collie Rescue Central Fund
Account Number -
Sort Code - 40-38-19
Bankers - HSBC Bank 23 Market
Place, Richmond, North Yorkshire. DL10 4QQ
Send a cheque or money order made out to
Border Collie Rescue to -
Border Collie Rescue
57, Market Place
Enclose a note with the donation
or write 'Everest' on the back of the cheque
When restrictions end and
we are able to get out to events with stalls, come and see us and
For more information about this event, please read on below
follow progress through the links to the left.
Why am I raising funds for Border Collie Rescue?
As a focus and a purpose to my challenge I wanted to have a motive, a cause, a charity to promote and hopefully raise awareness of
their work and funds for their cause.
Throughout this pandemic we rely on each other for support but we also rely on animals, our pets.
For some it is their pets that are getting them though this crisis. They give us so much, I wanted to give something back.
Through a fellow dog walker I learned about the fantastic work that Border Collie Rescue do and immediately decided that I would like to try and help. It is so upsetting to even think that such beautiful, caring and loving animals require rescue.
I am hopeful that by my small efforts I can at least raise awareness of Border Collie Rescue's work and
their cause and that this, in turn, could do something to help the dogs and hopefully educate people
at the same time.
Through this webpage there is a link to a
page on The Charities Aid Foundation website where sponsorship
donations can be made using a debit or credit card.
For those who
would prefer another method there is information in the box above.
Follow me through my
adventure as I update my progress to my goal on these pages here.
also created an Instagram account named -
- where I will also put updates as I proceed.
Progress in stages!
To make things a bit more interesting I have set some goals along the way.
These targets are based on the heights of a number of peaks around the world,
each higher than the last.
Whernside - 728m -Highest peak in
Scafell Pike - 978m - England
Snowdon - 1085m -
Ben Nevis - 1,347m - Scotland
Mt Kosciuszko - 2,228m - Australia
Mt Olympus - 2,919m - Greece ( home of the gods )
The Eiger -
Switzerland - 3,967m
Puncak Jaya (Carstensz Pyramid) - 4,884m -
Vinson Massif - 4,892m - Antarctica
EVEREST SOUTH BASE CAMP -
Nepal - 5,400m
Mt Elbrus - 5,642m - Karbadino-Balkaria
Kilimanjaro - 5,895m - Tanzania
EVEREST CAMP ONE - Khumbu Icefall
Mt Denali - 6,190m - Alaska
EVEREST CAMP TWO - Lhotse
Face - 6,400m
Aconcagua - 6,959m - Argentina
EVEREST CAMP THREE -
Small Ledge on Lhotse - 7470m
EVEREST CAMP FOUR - South Col -
THE BALCONY - 8400m
EVEREST - 8,849m
Please support, share and help.
See you along the way and at the top.