Friday, 23 July 2010

Chris Walker Cycle Challenge

The inaugural Chris Walker Cycle Challenge is being held this weekend in the Lake District to raise money for the Chris Walker Trust. Chris was a legendary figure in the mountaineering instructor community and a good friend. He very sadly lost his life in an avalanche in Glencoe in February of this year. His website gives an insight in to a real character who was 'living the dream.'

Taken from the Trusts website...

'The Chris Walker Memorial Trust Fund will basically comprise two main areas...

The first is an exploration/expedition fund designed to support climbers who are keen to establish new routes and/or repeat rarely attempted climbs because of their remoteness or level of difficulty. There is to be an annual award of £1000 to the expedition, considered after due application process, selected by a dedicated Board of Trustees from the climbing fraternity.

The second element is the establishment of a British Mountain Guide bursary re Avalanche Awareness Training. Variable payments of up to £1000 per annum will be made to keen, talented and active climbers and mountaineers who meet the exacting standards for the BMG Training scheme.

In addition there will be a Ski Performance Course grant available to those climbers who wish to take an existing level of ski performance to the next level. This part of the Fund has been set up and organised by Alison Culshaw and based in the Chamonix area.'

Good luck to all the riders who are turning out for a very worthy cause and in memory of a very unique individual who is sorely missed.