Kris takes beer to new heights

Kris Stephenson, right, and Theakston's cooper Jonathan Manby with the Base Camp Challenge pin cask. (S)
Kris Stephenson, right, and Theakston's cooper Jonathan Manby with the Base Camp Challenge pin cask. (S)
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A former Nosterfield publican is undertaking an unusual challenge for charity by trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest with a traditional wooden beer cask strapped to his back.

Kris Stephenson, 37, who used to run the Freemasons Arms in Nosterfield village, will carry a 4.5 gallon wooden pin – handcrafted by Theakston’s cooper Jonathan Manby – to the waypoint of the 
Nepalese mountain raising money for Help For Heroes.

Kris, who is hoping to raise £10,000 for the military charity, will leave from Kathmandu on Saturday to begin the trek that will take him three weeks to complete.

Kris said: “I’m raising money for Help for Heroes because it is a brilliant charity and I’ve got a lot of friends who are and have been in the Armed Forces.

“The biggest challenge is going to be working with a heavy pack at altitude. I’m very aware that regardless of how mentally and physically prepared I am, altitude sickness can hit at any time and the only option is to descend.”

Kris has been preparing for the tough task with 25-mile walks with the cask in the Lake District and Cheviot Hills.

T&R Theakston Ltd Executive Director Simon Theakston said: “This challenge is certainly no easy feat – even when empty, the cask weighs some 36kg.”

Those wishing to support Kris in this challenge can donate funds in person at The Millbank Arms, Well, or The Green Dragon, Bedale.

Alternatively, they can donate online at https://www.justgiving.com/Kris-Stephenson