Researchers hit new heights in Brighouse

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The lead climbing wall at the new Brighouse centre has been revealed as part of an epic fundraising event.

The ROKT centre was officially opened in April by British Indoor Champion Leo Houlding.

Now the lead wall, which stands at a massive 21 metres, is also open to the public as well as the bouldering chambers, competition bouldering walls and an 18 route, six rope silo.

Route planners have worked on the wall to create paths that are challenging for every level of climber.

The first group to take on the mammoth wall were the Himalayan Research Expedition.

But it wasn’t any old climb, as the group from Leeds University set about recreating the height of Mera Peak in Nepal.

The mountain stands at 6476m – meaning the students had to scale the wall a total of 308 times between them.

The challenge took the group a total of 10 hours and was finally completed at 5am the following day.

The team were able to raise £600 towards their real life expedition to Mera Peak in November this year.

Amanda Seims, a PHD student from Leeds Met University who is leading the research, said: “One aim of the event was to raise funds towards their research expedition to Mera Peak this November, but it was also a fantastic opportunity to work together as a team to achieve a mutual goal, which is a key component of an expedition.

“We had a wide range of people with different climbing abilities and it was a great experience for all.”

The expedition to Nepal will form the basis of Amanda’s thesis, which is investigating pre-expedition methods to improve physical performance and well-being at high-altitude. There are still places available on the expedition. To be involved, email A.Seims@leedsmet.ac.uk.