First to climb 8,800 meters on a climbing wall

Briggs and Lancaster during their longest climb. (Images: Laura Marie Linck)

Remember the two British guys who wanted to climb the equivalent of Mount Everest on an artificial wall?

Well, Tom Lancaster and Jonny Briggs did it last weekend, each climbing more than 8,800 meters on a 24-foot wall outside the British Leisure Show.

Lancaster gets the nod for completing the distance (29,040 feet/8,851 meters) first and fastest in 13 hours and 25 minutes, Briggs for climbing higher (29,064 feet/8,856 meters).

Lancaster initially finished his 1,106th ascent in 10 hours and 49 minutes, only to find out an hour later that the 8-meter wall was actually 7.3 meters. He was 2,500 feet short. He put his harness back on and climbed the wall another 104 times.

“There’s no way I can get back on that wall,” he recalls thinking on his website. “How can I get out of it? 30 seconds later I’m putting on my harness and preparing for another 104 climbs. ... Balls, to put it mildly."

Briggs completed a final extra ascent of the wall after 15 and a half hours of climbing.

The climbers raised more than £5,500 for charity.

Both records are currently being verified by Guinness World Records, according to the pair's website,

Read Lancaster's account of the climb.

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Ray Anderson
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March 19, 2011 at 12:12 p.m. (EDT)

This is an incredible feat, but it must have been boring. Hats off for what they did for charity.

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