Challenge 8000 - Sunderland University

NEWS RELEASE 7 December 1999

Mountaineer honoured

Top mountaineer Alan Hinkes has been honoured by the University of Sunderland.

North Yorkshire-born Alan, who is attempting to climb all fourteen of the world's highest peaks received an honorary award in a ceremony at Sunderland Empire Theatre, alongside students who were collecting degrees and diplomas.

Alan, 45, is the UK's top high altitude mountaineer. He has conquered eleven of the world's fourteen highest peaks - all over 8000 metres and including Everest and K2 - and hopes to complete his 'Challenge 8000' within two years. A former teacher, Alan is also a sought-after public speaker and an accomplished photographer and journalist.

Alan received an Honorary Fellowship of the University, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to mountaineering and to the North-East region. University vice-chancellor Professor Peter Fidler said: "The awards ceremonies are a wonderful celebration for our new graduates, their families and friends."