Rohan Perth reaches new high – Sponsoring Himalayan expedition
Here at Rohan Perth, we are proud to be sponsoring Donna Cromb to help her go on a Himalayan expedition in November. Donna (who works for Perth and Kinross Council) is a keen hillwalker and she is training to be a Mountain Leader so she can help with the local Duke of Edinburgh Awards, amongst other things.
The expedition is in aid of medical research into high altitude, and will take 21 days. Specifically, how the body changes over time during the ascent/descent. They will climb to the summit of Mera Peak, at 6,476 meters, it’s the highest non-technical peak and its view takes in 5 of the world’s 8,000 meter peaks including Everest.
Donna met Dr Jean Turner (the research leader of the expedition) at her Mountain Leader training in 2010. Jean only started her mountaineering after retirement. It began with a rock climbing course at Plas y Brenin at the age of 66 and she went on to complete the Cuillin Ridge traverse, Mont Blanc, and Kilimanjaro to name but a few of her ascents. She then went on to combine her love of mountains with her skills as a surgeon. She has been on several courses such as Expedition Medicine, a Polar Medicine course in arctic Norway in winter, and a very demanding Expedition and Wilderness Medicine course at Glenmore. She undertook the Mountain Leader training at the age of 70.
Donna said . “If it wasn’t for Jean, it would be unlikely I would be going on this trip. She is an inspirational lady with a can do attitude and open mind.”
Rohan Perth donated a range of technical clothing to help Donna perform at her best in the high altitude conditions. This included:
Expedient check shirts in Glacial Blue and Poinsettia Check
Trailblazer trousers in Graphite and Walnut
Donna was treated to a personal shopping service by Harry and Jeanette who made sure she was given the correct gear, and most importantly, that it fitted well. For example, when trying on the shirts, Jeanette advised that the long sleeved shirts (which can be made short sleeved) would be better as far more versatile and would suit Donna’s fair skin, having greater sun protection.
Rohan Perth also sponsored Donna’s ‘Race Night’ held on the 17th August, to raise as much money as possible for the expedition. It went really well and the Rohan team brought along a couple of mannequins which created a lot of interest. People were amused by their presence, in fact some people got their photo taken with them. (See photo)
Rohan Perth had a £25 voucher up for grabs, to be in with a chance of winning you simply had to leave your contact details. We are sure our new customers will love the new Autumn calalogue when it is mailed to them, and we look forward to welcoming them along to the shop soon.
Rohan Perth also provided a raffle prize of some Ether walking poles. Sylvia ironically won the walking poles with the raffle ticket she had bought. So she put them back into the draw and Julie Newhouse from Scone turned out to be the lucky winner! (See picture).
Donna produced a video presentation for the night. It gave many facts about Nepal and the mountain Mera Peak. It also thanked Harry and Jeanette for their sponsorship being ‘the friendliest shopkeepers in town’ with a photo of the shop and the address.
Donna has had her heart set on the Himalayas for many years. She appeared on Deal or No Deal with Noel Edmonds in 2006 where she won £10,100. This allowed her to travel for a few months. Part of her trip was the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu which is the highest she has been before at 4,215 metres. She also stayed in a Jungle Lodge in the Amazon and sailed in a dug out canoe to the local Shamen. In a bid to raise even more money for her trip, she appeared on Nick Knowles Perfection Game Show in February this year, but alas, was one question away from £12,000!
Good luck with the training Donna and we look forward to your follow up article with all the (literally) high points of the expedition in due course!
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