The Weirdest Ways People Have Climbed Mountains
For most people climbing a mountain is all about walking up a path, or maybe using ropes to get up the toughest parts. However, there are some people who have found other, incredibly innovative ways to do this.
Riding a Bike to Everest - From Sweden
Swedish adventurer Goran Kropp’s greatest claim to fame came in 1996. He decided to climb Mount Everest without bottled oxygen or the support of a Sherpa. To make it just a bit more difficult, he cycled 13,000km from Sweden to the starting point.
Kropp made it to the summit on his second attempt and then decided to cycle part of the way home to Sweden afterwards. A few years later, he attempted to ski unsupported to the North Pole.
The High Wire Artist
Freddy Nock is an extreme artist who walks across cable car wires and performs other stunts as he climbs mountains all over the world. With more than 20 world records to his name, he has performed astonishing feats on many mountains without the aid of safety ladders.
Perhaps his most eye-catching achievement was when he climbed 7 different mountains in as many days in a fund-raising effort on behalf of UNESCO, walking up the cable car wires on each of them.
The Man Who Climbed Ben Nevis with a Church Organ
The discovery of the remnants of a piano at the top of Ben Nevis in 2006 caused a bit of a stir, as people wondered how on Earth it could have got there. The mystery was resolved when Kenny Campbell claimed that it was probably the 226lb church organ that he had left there many years before.
Campbell claimed to have carried it up the UK’s tallest mountain in 1971, having earlier attempted to take up a piano. He also said that he had climbed to the top with a plough, a boat and a beer barrel. Campbell had returned for the organ, but it seems that someone had hidden it under a stone cairn in the mean-time.
He Pushed a Sprout up Snowdon with His Nose
Stuart Kettell found a unique way to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2014. He decided to go up the highest mountain in Wales while pushing a small vegetable in front of him with his nose all the way to the top.
He finally made it to the summit of Snowdon after 3 gruelling days on his hands and knees, by which time he was on his 22nd sprout. Kettell said that the effort had left him sore all over, but he raised £5,000 for charity.
Climbing Everest with Very Few Clothes On
This latest attempt was unsuccessful, but you have to admire the effort that went into it. Dutchman Wim Hof decided to climb Mount Everest in 2007 wearing just a pair of shorts and shoes.
Known as the Ice Man, Hof managed to get as high as an altitude of 6,700 metres above sea level before the extreme cold forced him to give up.