island-peak-hi-resHubbard Ice Systems the UK distributors for Scotsman Ice Making Machines is sponsoring a two-man team who are undertaking one of amateur mountaineering’s greatest challenges – The Island Peak Challenge 2010. Following in the footsteps of Hillary and Tensing, Darren Nolan a 34 year old Midlands based Refrigeration Service Engineer for Flowrite Services and his climbing partner Scott Bushell of Northampton are aiming to raise funds for Cancer Research by climbing the 20305 ft Himalayan peak, which sits alongside Mount Everest, in October 2010.

Hubbard Ice System’s £1000 contribution has enabled the fearless duo to commence early training for the gruelling 17-day challenge. The test of stamina and mental endurance will require the pair to trek through the Himalayas for 9 days before stopping at Everest Base Camp in Nepal to acclimatise at an altitude of 5,360 metres (17,590 ft). They will then set out on the four-day ascent of Imja Tse (Island Peak) at temperatures of minus15 degrees Celsius and little oxygen due to the thin atmosphere.

Imja Tse, known as Island Peak, is set in eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s party acknowledging its appearance as an island in a sea of ice. The peak was renamed Imja Tse in 1983.

Imja Tse was first climbed by a British team in 1953 as a training exercise for the conquest of Everest. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was one of the members of the first ascent team.

Hubbard Ice Systems are pleased to be sponsoring this noble cause and anyone else wishing to support Darren and Scott can make donations to Cancer Research Island Peak Challenge 2010, online at or by visiting and following the progress of the pair on the Island Peak News page.

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