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Pole Dancing on Ben Nevis

At the beginning of July, 2011, Kat Humphrey, a 26 year-old pole-dancing and fitness instructor from Nottingham, became the first known Ben Nevis pole dancer!

In the past there have been some strange items taken up the mountain, including a car, a piano, a bed, a wheelbarrow and a barrel of beer.... but never a pole!

Kat Humphrey
Kat Humphrey

Kat carried a 35kg pack up Ben Nevis, as part of a 3-peaks challenge for charity. What made this challenge even more difficult was the fact that Kat has no feeling in her right leg, the result of a nerve condition called Meralgia Paresthetica, caused by a damaged L2 nerve from her spine. It means she has no surface or pressure sensation which often causes her leg to become heavy and her hip to 'collapse.'

This did cause her some discomfort, especially when going back down the mountain, but she says, "it was all worth it for the utterly unique experience of pole dancing at the top of the UK's highest peak. When I set up the pole on the side of the mountain and stripped down to my pole shorts, people around me couldn't believe what was happening. I quickly acquired an audience, including a stag party, who took pictures and videos of the feat. There were a few scary moments, for example the pole was at angle so a couple of times I was actually suspended off the side of the mountain's edge. I also lost my footing a couple of time on the way back down and the weight of the pack pulled me backwards. But, I had a good team of people looking out for me and completed the Three Peaks Challenge in under 30 hours with little more than a twisted ankle and very tired legs!"

Kat Humphrey
Kat Humphrey

"So, why did I do it? Apart from satisfying the adrenaline junky in me and having the ability to say that I am the first known person to pole dance on Ben Nevis, I also did it to raise money for three cancer charities - Breast Cancer Care, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, and Ovarian Cancer Action. I am renowned for doing crazy things for charity - last year I completed the Tough Guy Challenge, known as the world's toughest assault course, involving ice lake swims, mud slides, barbed-wire crawls, under-water tunnels, electric fences and fields of fire!"

Bikini on the Ben

Jolene Clark, a 24 year-old hairdresser and stylist from Dundee, is hoping to become the first person to climb Ben Nevis dressed only in a bikini.

She is hoping, weather dependent, to do the unusual climb of Britain's highest mountain on 31st July 2010 in order to raise funds for cystic fibrosis, which she sadly lost her brother to just before Christmas 2009.

Jolene Clark
Jolene Clark

Jo says, "I am doing such a random charity climb in the hope to raise as much funds as possible for the Cystic Fibrosis Unit at Dundee's Ninewells Hospital."

Jolene is no fool however, and has been training hard for the climb, including circuit training and running. She has also taken advice on mountain safety and knows it comes first and foremost. As part of her 'safety first' attitude she will be accompanied by her brother, a soldier on leave from Iraq, who will be carrying spare clothes and other supplies for her as she ascends 'the Ben.'

Regardless of the weather, Jolene is sure to raise a few temperatures!


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Ben Nevis challenge woman raises £2000 - Press and Journal

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Ben Nevis challenge woman raises £2000
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29 Jun 2016

Inquiry ends into climbers' deaths on Ben Nevis - Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Inquiry ends into climbers' deaths on Ben Nevis
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27 Jun 2016

Inquiry ends into Bradford climbers' deaths on Ben Nevis - Bradford Telegraph...

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Inquiry ends into Bradford climbers' deaths on Ben Nevis
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27 Jun 2016

Camera found belonging to tragic couple who died in Ben Nevis avalanche on Va...

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Camera found belonging to tragic couple who died in Ben Nevis avalanche on Valentine's Day
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The camera belonging to tragic Valentine's Day climbers Rachel Slater and Tim Newton has been found on the Scottish mountain on which they perished. The pair were buried together in April near the slopes of Ben Nevis. Now it has been revealed by the ...

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8 Jun 2016

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11 Jun 2016

Mountain rescue team find tragic couple's camera on Ben Nevis - Press and Jou...

Press and Journal

Mountain rescue team find tragic couple's camera on Ben Nevis
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9 Jun 2016

Colleagues brave Ben Nevis for ex-servicemen and women - Gazette

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Colchester care home team scaling Ben Nevis for Help for Heroes - East Anglia...

East Anglian Daily Times

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18 Jun 2016

Two walkers rescued in separate incidents on Ben Nevis - Press and Journal

Press and Journal

Two walkers rescued in separate incidents on Ben Nevis
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