Father, son on to next fundraising challenge

Summit . . . Braving the elements at East Peak last month are Andrew and Josh Tripp (17), who are completing a series of fitness challenges to raise money for charity. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

On the back of a gruelling 12 hours climbing up and down East Peak, a father and son duo are rowing 50km for charity.

Andrew Tripp and his son Josh are completing fitness challenges before a trip to Africa next week, where they will climb Mt Kilimanjaro.

Last month, they spent an entire day climbing up and down East Peak.

Mr Tripp said he managed to do eight summits in 12 hours.

‘‘Really pumped with the achievement. There’s still some life left in this body.’’

Josh was not far behind with seven summits.

‘‘An awesome effort on his part for a 17-year-old.

‘‘We ended up doing just under 50km and over 3600m elevation,’’ Mr Tripp said.

Starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm, the pair endured drizzle, fog and mud throughout the day.

‘‘There were only two laps we didn’t have someone join us, so the support was great.’’

Mr Tripp hoped people would come along again to cheer them on for their next challenge this Saturday.

‘‘It’s a 50km row on rowing machines at CrossFit Gore at the Hokonui Pavilion at the Gore Show Grounds,’’ he said.

‘‘There are also spare rowing machines there and Anissa Brown, owner of CrossFit Gore, said that members of the public would be welcome to have a go too.’’

He and Josh planned to start at 9am and would do 25km each, alternating between one another, he said.

‘‘If we complete it within five hours, which we aim to, we will finish it off with a run around Whisky Creek at Dolamore Park, just to give the legs and arms a shake-out.’’

Mr Tripp hoped doing these challenges would bring attention to the Givealittle page they had set up called ‘‘Climb a Mountain for Orphans Aid International and World Vision’’.

They have raised over $1800 for the two charities so far.