It's high fives all round Taranaki for this teen trio
Three New Plymouth teenagers are claiming a record after completing Taranaki's "five peaks" challenge.
Hamish Sturmer, Thomas Spencer and William Adlam spent Thursday running up and down Fanthams Peak, Mt Taranaki summit, Pouakai Ranges, Kaitake Range and Paritutu Rock.
The 18-year-old adventure racers came up with the idea after seeing there was no "five peaks" record on the Mt Taranaki speed records website.
"To do them all in one go is a bucket list thing and we thought let's do it," Spencer said.
"We felt like it would be an adventure and there wasn't a record for that [five peaks] so we thought we'd have a go."
After leaving Dawson Falls visitor's centre at 6am the trio finished up at Paritutu at 6.07pm - climbing 3833m, descending more than 4000m and covering 47.5km in the process.
"I'm feeling pretty sore, my muscles are really tender," Sturmer told the Taranaki Daily News yesterday.
And it's little wonder given the adventure was the third time Sturmer had climbed to the summit of Mt Taranaki in a week.
It was also a milestone for Adlam who recorded his 21st summit of the mountain. "I did it once on a school trip when I was 13 but the last 20 times have been in the past two years."
Adlam said there was no time for celebration at the top.
"We were in a bit of a hurry. It was pretty much take a photo and go."
Spencer said nutrition had been an important aspect and he turned to chocolate, lollies, and creamed rice to get him through.
"It's like a fire, you want long burning stuff like creamed rice or bread and then you want your fire bright so I was constantly eating sweet stuff for a hit," he said.
However, the group ran out of water on the Kaitake Range and went the last 1.5 hours without hydration, he said.
"There's nothing that tastes better than water when you're that thirsty."
To officially claim the record the trio had to film the start and finish of the run but they also GPS tracked the trek to add weight to their attempt which will be submitted to the website.
The trio said they hoped their effort would encourage others to try and break the record.
"It's not the easiest thing to do but it could be beaten. I look forward to seeing people try it," Adlam said.
"Anyone who can beat it deserves the title because it's a long way," Spencer added.
- Taranaki Daily News