Kit Braunholtz is planning to Wing Walk to celebrate his 90th Birthday in aid of CPRE Gloucestershire, a charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing Gloucestershire countryside. Kit has been passionate about conservation since the 1970s and has been a lifelong member of CPRE. At 90 Kit is looking to the future by dedicating his Wing Walk to a cause that is focused on caring for our countryside for our children and grandchildren and future generations.
At a time when climate change and the disappearance of our nature is hitting headlines, Kit is making his own headlines by strapping himself to the wings of a biplane at Rendcomb Airfield on August 7th.
Kit is no stranger to adventure having climbed the Matterhorn at 65 and Napes Needle in the Lake District at 85. Both Kit and his wife Valerie have been keen mountaineers all their lives and were founder members of the Gloucester Mountaineering Club.
Kit comes from a mountaineering family and climbing Napes
Needle was particularly significant to him. “Napes Needle was
first climbed by Haskett-Smith in the 1880s and has been a
‘must do’ for English rock-climbers ever since," points out Kit.
“It is currently classified as ‘Severe’; the difficult bit is known
as the ‘Mantlepiece’ which requires one to step up onto a
narrow ledge on a steep rock face just below the top with no
handholds. My uncle Siegfried Herford apparently climbed it
solo at the age of 16 without telling anyone in advance! He was killed in France aged 24 in 1916. His most famous climbing feat was leading the first ascent of the Central Buttress on Scafell - still today a formidable climb (which I would certainly never attempt myself)”.
Kit’s enthusiasm, passion and energy are infectious and we hope you will support him in his desire to protect our stunning local countryside for generations to come. If Kit is prepared to strap himself to the wing of a plane in his pursuit to protect our landscapes perhaps you will consider making a donation to support Kit and CPRE Gloucestershire.