Kirstin Nee’s Climb up Mount Chimborazo

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 6 months, you will all be aware that our very own Kirstin Nee has been training and raising money for the Hyperion Million for a Million Mount Chimborazo Climbing Challenge.

Million for a Million is Hyperion Foundation’s biggest charity initiative to date and aims to raise over $1 million for our foundation and staff selected charities, by encouraging people and key business partners to take on new challenges.

The Hyperion Insurance Group works across countries and within local markets. We have chosen global and local charities, whose aims broadly help all sections of society by improving mental and physical health and promoting education, environmental sustainability and ethical entrepreneurism.

Funds raised through this campaign and donated to the Hyperion Foundation will be split equally among our chosen charities:

Kirstin and the team’s trek involved 13 days of hiking and climbing in the Ecuadorian Volcanic Andes, taking in many peaks, including Cayambe (5,780m) and Cotopaxi (5,897m), ending with the summit of Chimborazo (6,310m); the closest place on Earth to space! The expedition team of mountaineering novices took on multiple physical and technical hurdles, including roped glacier travel, ice axe climbing, prussiking and crevasse crossing; all whilst experiencing 5,000+ metre altitude and minus 20 degrees Celsius temperatures. With only a 60% summit rate, this was by no means a walk in the park!

We are delighted to announce that the team have returned triumphant and not only did 100% of the team summit Chimbazaro, thanks to the exceptional generosity of friends, family, colleagues and clients, they have raised nearly £100K. The Million for a Million initiative is ongoing, so if you would like to support, please hop on Kirstin’s Virgin Money Giving Page.