University of Portsmouth student has mountain to climb

CHALLENGE James Saward-Anderson.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (121025-2)
CHALLENGE James Saward-Anderson. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121025-2)
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AN EXTREME sports addict will be climbing Mount Everest and back – in his University of Portsmouth halls of residence.

James Saward-Anderson, 21, has set himself the challenge of racing up and down the Trafalgar Hall staircase 200 times in 24 hours for water and sanitation charity WaterAid on Easter Monday.

That’s 17 flights with 15 steps totalling 30,185ft in each direction – more than Everest, which is 29,035ft – and a total of 11 miles. On top of this, he will do 20 press-ups every time he hits the ground floor.

The international development studies undergraduate said: ‘I love an extreme challenge, but this one is filling me with dread. It’s going to be painful physically and mentally.’

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