Today (6 March 2015) the men and women of the Mine Countermeasures Force are hoping to scale the lofty heights of Mount Everest in under 12 hours by running up and down a ship’s stairs.

They will use the two main stairwells in Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship Cardigan Bay, from the bowels up to the bridge they will go up all nine decks or 116 steps.

They have calculated that in order to reach the dizzy heights of Mt Everest (29,029 ft), the 15 strong team will have to climb 37,705 steps or 334 lung busting ascents of Cardigan Bay.

But then what goes up must also come down so in effect they will have run up, and down, Mt Everest in 12 hours.

By undertaking the challenge, they are hoping to raise more than £500 for The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

You can donate by visiting www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/COMUKMCMFOR and follow the day's events below.

05:40

One ascent of many. Bring on the summit!

Posted by Jay Barlow on Thursday, 5 March 2015

07:30


COMUKMCMFOR continue to strive for the summit of Everest.

07:11

Third time through. COMUKMCMFOR Battle Staff are making good time, but still a long way to go to the summit of Everest!

Posted by Jay Barlow on Thursday, 5 March 2015

10:02

Doctor on the rise - COMUKMCMFOR MO makes his ascent - showing his movie star looks? #COMUKMCMFOREVEREST CHALLENGEYou can donate by visiting: www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/COMUKMCMFOR

Posted by Richard Bicknell on Friday, 6 March 2015

10:06

I wonder who is next to go up? #ALSNEXT #COMUKMCMFOREVERESTCHALLENGEThe men and women of the Mine Countermeasures...

Posted by Richard Bicknell on Friday, 6 March 2015