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Project Alpine Spirit AIM: TO CLIMB ALL 82 OF THE 4000M PEAKS IN THE ALPS IN A YEAR - THIS HAS NEVER BEEN DONE BY A WOMAN AND AN ALL WOMENS TEAM HAS NEVER CLIMBED THE ALPINE 4000M PEAKS

We are Mo Barclay, Lou Beetlestone & Becky Coles

Climbers, mountaineers, alpinists and full time Mountaineering Instructors
A genuine adventure with a place in the history books awaiting
The list of all 82 peaks has never been done in a single year by a woman and an all-women's team has never climbed the Alpine 4000m peaks over any timescale.

Project Alpine Spirit

Over the course of 2019 Mo, Lou and Becky will attempt to become the first females to climb all of the 4000m peaks in the Alps in a single year. In the process they will also attempt to become the first all female team to complete the achievement.

The UIAA (International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation) published a list of 82 peaks over 4000m in the Alps in 1994. The previous summer Martin Moran and Simon Jenkins had traversed 75 peaks in just 52 days. The only two Brits to have completed the UIAA list of 82 peaks over 4000m are Steve Hartland and Ben Tibbetts.

Mont Blanc, or Monte Bianco in Italian, is the highest at 4808.7m and Les Droites is the lowest to make the list at 4000m. The most easterly is peak is Piz Bernina, the most northerly is the Schreckhorn, while very close to each other are the most westerly Dôme de Neige des Ecrins and most southerly Barres des Ecrins.

The project will be documented by Filmuphigh and a film produced to showcase the adventure.

Mo, Lou and Becky

Mo Barclay - I work as an instructor at Plas Y Brenin giving people skills to tackle mainly land-based outdoor activities; climbing, biking, hiking. I have on occasion been seen in a boat, sometimes under the boat, or floating next to the boat!

The thing I like most about my job is encouraging people to ‘try hard’, whether that’s for the first time at something new, developing skills to go further afield or to push people to do things they didn’t realise they could achieve, opening a door to adventures.

Lou Beetlestone - Lou works as a Mountaineering Instructor and is based in North Wales for the majority of the year. She also works the winter season in Scotland for the likes of Plas Y Brenin. As well as a keen climber and mountaineer Lou is a familiar face on the North Wales mountain running scene and has travelled the world in pursuit of mountain adventures.

Becky Coles - Becky is an expedition leader and Mountaineering Instructor (the 40th woman to gain the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate), with a PhD in Glacial Geomorphology. She travels the world mountaineering and has achieved numerous first ascents in very challenging environments – most notably Lasarmu La, a 6200m peak in the far west of Nepal, four first ascents in South Georgia, Antarctica, and two major first ascents in Wakhan Corridor, Afghanistan.

It is little wonder she has been named as one of the 50 most ground-breaking and influential female climbers the UK has ever produced.

Becky is predominantly focussed on exploring the more obscure parts of the world and is currently indulging a passion for Central Asia’s mountainous regions. Alongside this, she runs a blog, workshops, and seminars from her website www.allbutessentialtravel.co.uk to inspire people to travel independently and plan their own expeditions. Becky is sponsored by Montane and Julbo.

The Film

We will follow Becky, Lou and Mo through some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world, documenting their progress, trials and tribulations. The film will be shot and directed by Rob Johnson, falling back on more than 20 years of experience in the big mountains of the world to juggle climbing, skiing, mountaineering and filming kit in some of the most testing terrain to film in.

The film is supported by The BMC and Montane.

Created By
Rob Johnson
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