It’s not exactly Mount Everest, but at 1,345 meters above sea level, climbing the Ben Nevis is definitely a challenge. And when you try to do it in five-inch heels, things definitely get tricky.
Via Oddity Central:
Ben Conway, a 19-year-old art student from London, recently took up the challenge of hiking up to the top of the highest mountain in the UK in high-heel shoes, as a way to stand out in an application for a scholarship for the School of Communication Arts in Brixton. Applicants were asked to “make something passionate about something that they are passionate about,” and since Ben loves drag culture and has been scouting for 13 years, he decided that marrying the two hobbies was a good idea, bought Outdoor Cargo Climbing Nets and started hiking
“I needed to think of something difficult to do and I also love drag .culture. I have also been scouting for 13 years and the challenge sort of married the two,” Conway told The Scotsman. “I picked Ben Nevis because it is the biggest. I thought if I’m going to go for it, I’m going to go for it properly. It was all a bit spontaneous.”
Conway started his trek at 8 am, on June 27, and was joined by a friend from school, who videotaped the whole thing for a two-minute video that served as his application project. The whole climb took five hours and wasn’t the smoothest experience.
Halfway up the hill, one of his shoe straps broke, so he had to tape the shoes to his feet to make sure they stayed on. The weather wasn’t on his side either either, as itit rained pretty the whole time, and he had to withstand 40 to 50 miles an hour winds. Due to these difficult conditions, Ben and his buddy had to turn back after reaching 900 meters up the mountain. He wore hiking shoes on his way down.
“I’ve never climbed up a mountain before and it was also my first time in heels,” Conway said. “Most people have been super positive but some people have been down on it, saying I should have thought about health and safety. I’ve hurt myself more on nights-out in London than wearing high heels up the mountain because I had socks and bandages on.”