Intrepid Cumbernauld mountaineer Cameron Gray will this week climb Europe’s highest mountain, as part of a bold bid to support the Boys’ Brigade.
The 23-year-old is heading to Russia to climb the 5,642-metres high Mt Elbrus in the Caucasus range as part of his mission to climb the highest mountain in each of the seven continents.
Besides raising sponsorship cash, his main aim is to fly the flag for the BB, in order to boost awareness of the movement he says has played a major role in his life.
Cameron said: “It’s really important to me that our young people are given the opportunities I was fortunate to be given.”
He has already conquered Mt Kilimanjaro, and in January attempted to climb the 6.962-metre Acongagua, highest mountain in South America.
However he had to abandon the bid as the altitude, combined with 60-80kph winds, made it “virtually impossible to breathe”.
But far from being deterred by the experience he’s more determined than ever to press on with the rest of his remarkable mission.
Cameron said: “My climb wasn’t a complete failure. I reached a high point of 6.000 metres, the highest I have ever climbed.
“I also climbed Cerrov Bonete (5,000 metres) and learned an immense amount about cold weather mountaineering”.
He added: “The seven summits are important to me, but not so much that I’m willing to risk my life.” Bill Stevenson, director of the Boys’ Brigade in Scotland, said: “There is overwhelming interest and support from our members, officers and leaders in Cameron’s challenge.
“We’re exceptionally proud of his achievements, his motivation and his ambition. and I think he will be an inspiration to our younger members to set challenges and goals.