A RETIRED builder climbed one of the highest mountains in Spain earlier this month after promising to family and friends that he was going to complete the challenge.
Brian Streeter, of Back Lane, Caythorpe, said the 6,800 foot climb up Mount Maroma was really tough even though he had walked about 900 miles in training.
The 71-year-old said: “It still exhausted me completely.
“And I did feel like giving up at one stage, I got severe cramp about three-quarters of the way up and could see the top and how far it still looked.
“The only thing that kept me going was not losing face - I’d told everybody for about two years that I was going to climb it.”
Brian carried on and despite the heat and rocky terrain he made it to the top.
He said: “It was a bit disappointing in a way when I got to the top. I thought I’ve got a few minutes left and then I’ve got to go all the way back!
“It was more satisfying when I got back and thought I’d done it.”
Brian celebrated his solo trip by walking 100 yards from the foot of the mountain into a bar where he had a bottle of beer and a bottle of water.
He said: “I thought the water was sensible. It was hard work coming down. The funny thing is it took me three days to recover. I said during that time when I rang my wife that I wouldn’t do it again if someone offered me one million pounds.
“After three days I started thinking about the different routes up the mountain. I might do it again but I intend to go from a different angle.”
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