Fort William climber to reach new heights in Kyrgyzstan

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A Lochaber climber who for the past three years has been helping the Ben Nevis North Face Survey team reach remote and near-inaccessible plant life is to take her skills to the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.
Sally Hudson, a qualified astrophysicist, will study and report on the alpine plant life high in the remote Djenghi-Djer Mountains.
Her expedition will be supported by an award from the Des Rubens and Bill Wallace Grant – a memorial run by the John Muir Trust to celebrate the lives of two legendary mountaineers from Edinburgh, who were both presidents of the Scottish Mountaineering Club.
On returning to Lochaber, 29-year-old Sally plans to visit schools and colleges to describe her experiences and encourage future adventurers.
She said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to be a recipient of the Des Rubens and Bill Wallace Grant, and find it difficult to express just how grateful I am to be considered deserving of such an award.
‘It has been a dream of mine to climb new summits in an unexplored area of Kyrgyzstan. To now be doing it with the support of the John Muir Trust is an honour.
‘The grant is a huge boost to the expedition and will go a long way to help myself and the rest of the team achieve our goals.’