A PHYSICAL training instructor with 45 Commando Group Royal Marines at Condor, Sergeant Sam Sheriff, completed his epic challenge of climbing 3,000 feet in 100 stages using a 30 foot rope.
It is expected that the rope climb, which equates to almost three times the height of the Eiffel Tower, will set a new world record.
Sergeant Sheriff, from Bridlington, East Yorkshire, organised the event in order to help raise money for the Woodlands Garden.
The Wodlands Garden Project is an ambitious undertaking that seeks to convert a special part of Royal Marines Condor - home of the 800 men of 45 Commando Royal Marines - into a focal point for remembrance and reflection in the Commando.
The intention is that it strikes the right balance between sadness and celebration and has an area that is suitable for young children some of whom have lost their fathers. It will also provide an invaluable tranquil location for those carrying unseen mental scars to decompress and adjust in the aftermath of operational tours.
In anticipation of his challenge Sergeant Sheriff was invited to the chimpanzee enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo where he received one or two theory lessons from some undisputed masters of rope climbing. He may also have picked up some dietary tips during this visit as, during the rope climb, Sam maintained his energy levels by eating large quantities of bananas and sweet potatoes.
The commanding officer of 45 Commando, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver Lee said: “This has been a tremendous feat of endurance and a truly remarkable achievement. Work has now started on the Woodlands Garden and this fund-raising activity, and many like it, continue to make a significant contribution to this project”.
Support for Sergeant Sheriff’s climb has been encouraging; however, the Commando requires £175,000 in order to complete the Woodlands Garden. If anyone would like to show their support for Sam they can make a donation by logging on to www.bmycharity/100ropes.