A couple from Kingston are climbing a series of British mountains to raise awareness and funds for the environment.

Caitlin and Jack live in Kingston and are both passionate about the natural world.

Speaking to the Surrey Comet, Caitlin said that the pair were inspired to do something proactive in the face of daunting environmental issues like climate change and mass extinction.

The impetus came when Jack turned 25.

Subsequently the Kingstonian couple launched their blog, Climate Climbing, with the unique goal of hiking and climbing a series of British uplands and mountains to reach the equivalent height of Mount Everest.

Caitlin said: "We were inspired by Jack turning 25, our love the countryside and our desire to fundraise for climate solutions for a more hopeful future.

"We're climbing the height of Everest across the UK by visiting many different national parks..."

So far the pair have ticked off the Quantocks, Surrey Hills and North Pennines.

This weekend they face what amounts to the most challenging terrain of the project so far — Snowdonia.

Caitlin said that their determination to contribute towards mitigating climate breakdown and alleviating some of the social problems it causes in the Global South and elsewhere would help motivate them on their journey.

Caitlin said: "The earth’s climate has been knocked out of balance, and it’s making life harder for the world’s poorest people.

"We're raising money for two charities close to our heart, Cool Earth who are working with local and indigenous people for the protection of the rainforest and Tearfund who are helping people gain access to clean renewable energy."

Caitlin and Jack blog for the challenge can be found at www.climateclimbing.com

To donate to their chosen causes, go to https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=ClimateClimbing&pageUrl=1