The one question most mountaineers get asked when they head up into the great blue yonder of a particularly high peak is, eh, why…?
In the case of Joshua and Matthew Barrington taking on the 13,000ft Eiger over the weekend, the Greystones fireman and his counsin had a damn good excuse.
It was on August 11th, 1858 that his great, great uncle Charles Barrington – a Bray man – got to the peak of the Bernese Alps beauty in Switzerland, becoming the first ever person to do so.
Which meant it was a matter of family pride for Joshua and Matthew when it came to repeating that incredible feat on the 160th anniversary.
Joining the climbing cousins for their emotional weekend challenge were Dawson Stelfox, Fiona Nugent (both members of the first Irish assent of Mount Everest in 1993) and Ursula McPherson, a former president of Mountaineering Ireland.
We’ll hopefully catch the two Barrington boys when they get back to Irish Sea level. In the meantime, we reckon Charlie would have been chuffed by the whole thing…
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