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Alan Hinkes tops 39 peaks
Alan Hinkes.
Alan was raising funds for Mountain Rescue during his latest challenge

North Yorkshire mountaineer, Alan Hinkes OBE, has managed to climb all 39 of the highest peaks in England in just one week.

The 56 year old was raising money for the charity, Mountain Rescue.

He believes he completed the challenge in a faster time than any previous attempt.

Mr Hinkes began his mammoth task on August 27 and completed it by climbing Helvellyn in the Lake District on Saturday September 4.

The former geography teacher, was born in Northallerton in 1954 and educated at the town's grammar school.

Alan's dedication to mountaineering is only matched by his contribution to it.
Penny Brockman, Mountain Rescue.

He started his mountaineering exploits in the Alps with ascents of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn and became the first Briton to climb all 14 of the world's highest mountains in 2005.

This latest challenge, to climb the 39 highest peaks on all of England's tradition counties, was one he'd been hoping to do for many years:

"Living in North Yorkshire I spend so much of my free time climbing the area so the chance to set a record like this one in my own backyard was a challenge I couldn't pass up."

Mr Hinkes received the OBE in 2006 for his mountaineering achievements.

Funds raised by this challenge will go the Mountain Rescue England & Wales. The charity relies on a network of volunteers and was delighted that Alan had chosen to support them.

Penny Brockman from Mountain Rescue said:

"Alan's dedication to mountaineering is only matched by his contribution to it. Alan has supported us for years and his numerous expeditions across the world have really helped to raise awareness of the cause."

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