Alan Hinkes is trying to break a record by climbing all the highest mountains in each of the 39 counties in England. He began his quest on the 27th of August in his home county of Yorkshire. He had the aim of finishing on this Saturday at Scafell Pike in the Lake District.
He was the first Briton to have claimed to have climbed all of the 14 8000m mountains in the world. But later his ascent of Cho Oyu was disputed and is generally not accepted.
Hinkes climbed K2 in 1995 after several attempts. Days after he left K2 Alison Hargreaves and 6 other climbers perished in a fierce storm on K2.