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Closed 15/09/2018

raised of £4,430 target by 162 supporters

    Weʼve raised £6,390 to The Historical Diving Society, The Local Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and the family of Thai Diver Saman Kunan.

    Chichester, UK
    Funded on Saturday, 15th September 2018

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    A never before... and probably never again walk up Ben Nevis, the UK's highest mountain in Historical Diving Equipment weighing over 80 kg (176lbs). The 'walk' starts on the 1st September 2018 and will be done in a relay between several different people; taking an expected 4 to 5 days to complete. It will begin at minus 5 metres in Loch Linnhe and finish at 1345 metres, the summit of Ben Nevis. A total climb of 1350m or 4,430ft.

    The idea came from Ginge Fullen, a former Leading Diver in the Royal Navy’s elite Clearance Diving Branch, who has combined a career in diving with his passion; climbing the highest mountains in more than 170 countries around the world. Ginge wanted to do an expedition so brutal that it will probably never be repeated again so, after meeting up with Ty Burton, from the Historical Diving Society (HDS), these two like-minded people came together to make this challenge happen.

    The HDS has come on board supporting the project with both manpower and equipment. All funds raised will be distributed evenly between; The Historical Diving Society, The local Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team (LMRT) and the family of Saman Kunan, the former Thai Navy Diver who tragically died, while taking part in efforts to rescue 12 boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. He lost consciousness on his way out of the Tham Luang cave complex, where he had been delivering emergency air cylinders.

    The HDS was formed in 1990 by a group of enthusiasts whose aim is to preserve and protect our diving heritage and to advance the education and interest of the public and other parties in their study of Diving History.

    The LMRT depend on the public’s continuing donations and fundraising support as the costs involved in running a mountain rescue team are extremely high. For example, a 800m rope, which might only be safe to use once, costs around £1000.

    Please support this physically and mentally demanding challenge by donating today.



    • Dean Simpson3 years ago
      Dean Simpson

      Dean Simpson

      3 years ago

      Some great support was shown by the local community in Fort William and on the Mountain. An addititional £1400 was collected by the team in buckets during the walk. This will be added to the final figure. As a footnote: This site will be closing on 15 September 2018 and no further online donations can be made from this point on.

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    • Dean Simpson3 years ago
      Dean Simpson

      Dean Simpson

      3 years ago

      A big thankyou to all the supporters for your kind donations and words of encouragement. Without you this could never have happened.

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    • Dean Simpson3 years ago
      Dean Simpson

      Dean Simpson

      3 years ago

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    Page last updated on: 9/15/2018 15.09



    • Una Smillie

      Una Smillie

      Sep 15, 2018

      Donations from gosport people


    • Anthea S-D

      Anthea S-D

      Sep 15, 2018

      Great achievement!


    • Ieuan and Ruth Davies

      Ieuan and Ruth Davies

      Sep 15, 2018

      We read all about Ty Burton attempting the challenge, a young man we have known since a little boy.


    • Roger Blackburn

      Roger Blackburn

      Sep 14, 2018

      A great adventure and a worthy cause - all the best to the team!Managed to "rattle the bucket" with various friends and relations!


    • Anonymous


      Sep 13, 2018

      A donation from my Mam's friend..diolch Ty


    • Anonymous


      Sep 13, 2018

      All from friends of Ty Burton well done diolch yn fawr


    • Ben Davis

      Ben Davis

      Sep 12, 2018

      Well done!!!


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    Dean Simpson

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    Chichester, UK

    As a former Navy Diver, the thought of climbing 4430 feet whilst wearing 176lb (80kg) of standard diving equipment sounded crazy. But when the name Ginge Fullen was thrown into the sentence I suddenly understood! The aim being to raise £4,430.00 or £1.00 for every foot climbed.

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