Summit to talk about for St Albans fridge climbers

Matt Fisher and Mark Colombus from Photographic Synergy climb Mount Snowdon for Project Harar

Matt Fisher and Mark Colombus from Photographic Synergy climb Mount Snowdon for Project Harar - Credit: Archant

A daring dynamic duo took their fundraising efforts to the extreme by climbing Wales’ highest peak without getting cold feet - despite two fridges strapped to their backs.

Matt Fisher and Mark Colombus from Photographic Synergy climb Mount Snowdon for Project Harar

Matt Fisher and Mark Colombus from Photographic Synergy climb Mount Snowdon for Project Harar - Credit: Archant

The daredevil pair, Matt Fisher and Mark Colombus from London Colney-based Photographic Synergy, pushed themselves to the limit by trekking up Mount Snowdon for Project Harar.

The charity aims to transform the lives of African children and young people in Ethiopia suffering with facial deformities.

Despite both having a 35kg fridge strapped to their backs as well as an extra 15kg worth of food and water, they completed the climb in ten hours.

Matt said: “It took a little bit longer than we thought it would, it took about five and a half hours going up and four and a half hours going down, but we survived!


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“We were at the mountain summit for an about an hour and a half, not resting but talking to people, as we were such a bizarre sight and us being there definitely seemed to bring everyone together.

“We had a comment from someone who said that he was feeling quite bad walking to the top of the mountain but saw us and then felt much better!”

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Because of their unusual get-up, the pair even enjoyed fleeting celebrity status with a number of people saying they had heard about them along the way.

And despite the mammoth challenge, the pair didn’t run into any problems along the way –although at one point Matt was blown over - fridge intact – to the side of a rock.

Matt said: “I weigh 70kg and the fridge and supplies were 50kg… Mark is built like a fridge so it was a bit easier for him!

“We enjoyed it but by the end the fridges felt so heavy and we took the longer but easier route down.

“When we took them off at the end it felt like we were galloping, it was like an out of body experience!”

The pair has raised a total of £965 of their £2015 target through online donations and an extra £500 offline, and a collection tin they took with them on the journey was completely filled up.

Other colleagues will also be taking part in action-packed charity events in the next few months.

To find out more visit www.justgiving.com/afridgetoofar.

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