Daredevil Mayor of Matlock, Councillor David Jones is planning on climbing an extremely difficult rock face to raise awareness and funds for Derby Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT).
Mr. Jones is intending to climb High Tor, a sheer vertical face overlooking Matlock Bath, in support of the team, which he has chosen as his charity of the year.
“The Mountain Rescue team isn’t all about mountains and climbers” said Mr. Jones. “Almost anyone who does anything in the countryside and gets hurt or lost could find themselves being helped by Derby Mountain Rescue. It could be you, or a friend or a relative. We all think it won’t happen, but it might and for a lot of people it does happen, every year.
“The DMRT is entirely a voluntary organisation. Nobody in it is paid. They give a lot and we need to give the team help so that they can keep on doing this.”
Mr. Jones is a keen rock climber who climbed the notoriously difficult crag over 20 years ago. This time around, he will be climbing with DMRT member, Chris Bagworth.
“It’s a classic climb, though whether I can get up it now remains to be seen” Mr. Jones went on to say. “Many people in Matlock don’t realise that there’s a whole slice of the population throughout the country for whom Matlock is famous as a place to climb. As we’re raising money for the Derby Mountain Rescue Team, it seems right to do something challenging – something that’s in keeping with the nature of what they do, rather than sitting in a bath of beans.”
Climbs are usually given a difficulty rating and in climbing terms, the route that has been chosen, known colloquially as Debauchery, is rated as grade E1. This denotes the difficulty as being Extremely Severe, putting it above the capabilities of the vast majority of climbers.
“I might not get up, but we’ll give it a good go! The climb we’ll be trying is at the top of the range of what I can do these days.
“I shan’t be wearing the chain of while I’m climbing. It would look good, but it would get in the way, and besides, they’re not cheap and I’m not sure our insurance would cover that!”
The climb is planned to take place on Saturday, September 21st (weather permitting). Anyone who wishes to sponsor the Mayor can do so online at www.justgiving.com/David-Jones63.
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