Mountain triumph for Woolacombe woman

A coasteering instructor from Woolacombe is celebrating being a member of the first British group to climb the newly named 19,000 foot Baden Powell Peak in the Himalayas.

Sue Allen joined a Girlguiding UK exhibition to the mountain in Nepal just before Christmas and was one office from the group who were able to reach the summit, at 19,324 feet higher than Everest Base Camp.

The aim of the trip was to raise the profile of Girlguiding UK and Sue, a supporter of the organisation, was invited along after joining the Everest 100 exhibition last year to mark the Girlguiding centenary.

The 18 day adventure started with a tour of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, which included meeting the British Ambassador, then travelling along the Langtang Khola River and trekking to the mountain.

“Even though I am not a member of Girlguiding UK I was very excited to be involved in a expedition - a first British ascent, but even more exciting a first female ascent of Baden Powell peak,” said Sue, who runs summertime coasteering sessions in North Devon with her company Head South.

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“What would be better than doing this with Girlguiding, a great role model for girls. It turned out to be the hardest thing I have ever done and I still have some numb toes to prove it! The last 900 metres was straight up a glacier.

“However the sense of achievement is still over whelming.”

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Thousands of Girlguiding UK members continue to seek adventurous challenges following the range of events which took place as part of Girlguiding UK’s Centenary year.

People can find out more about Girlguiding UK by calling 08001 695901 or emailing

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