This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Hubbard Ice sponsors Himalayan cancer relief challenge

18 August 2010

Hubbard Ice Systems is sponsoring a two-man team undertaking the amateur mountaineering challenges – The Island Peak Challenge 2010

Following in the footsteps of Hillary and Tensing, Darren Nolan a 34-year-old Midlands-based Refrigeration Service Engineer for Flowrite Services and his climbing partner Scott Bushell of Northampton are aiming to raise funds for Cancer Research by climbing the 20305 ft Himalayan peak, which sits alongside Mount Everest, in October 2010.

Hubbard Ice System’s £1,000 contribution has enabled the fearless duo to commence early training for the gruelling 17-day challenge. The test of stamina and mental endurance will require the pair to trek through the Himalayas for nine days before stopping at Everest Base Camp in Nepal to acclimatise at an altitude of 5,360 metres (17,590 ft).
They will then set out on the four-day ascent of Imja Tse (Island Peak) at temperatures of minus 15 degrees Celsius and little oxygen due to the thin atmosphere.

Imja Tse, known as Island Peak, is set in eastern Nepal. The peak was named Island Peak in 1951 by Eric Shipton’s party acknowledging its appearance as an island in a sea of ice. The peak was renamed Imja Tse in 1983.

Imja Tse was first climbed by a British team in 1953 as a training exercise for the conquest of Everest. Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was one of the members of the first ascent team.

From base camp the Hubbard Ice sponsored pair will move on to high camp through a broad open gully. At the top of the gully a glacier begins and proceeds up to a steep snow and ice slope. Here an exhausting ascent of nearly 100m (330ft) to the summit ridge begins.

The climb to the summit is known for its difficulty owing to the steepness of the climbing. At the summit Mount Everest is ten kilometres to the north but the pair’s view will be blocked by the massive wall of Lhotse, towering 2,300 m (7,500ft) above them.

Tem leader Darren Nolan says; “I have been a refrigeration engineer for 6 years and with the cold climate in the Himalayas expected to be between minus 10 and minus 15 degrees my day-to-day working experience in and out of cold stores and freezers is going to be very useful in helping me to acclimatise quickly.

We hope to raise a substantial sum for Cancer Research, which is a charity close to my heart as my wife successfully beat breast cancer in 1993 and made a full recovery. We will be keeping all of our supporters and sponsors updated on our progress through ‘Twitter’ and ‘Facebook’ which can be found at as long as our fingers don’t succumb to frostbite’.

Hubbard Ice Systems, which is the UK distributor for Scotsman Ice-Making Machines, says it's pleased to be sponsoring this cause and anyone else wishing to support Darren and Scott can make donations to Cancer Research Island Peak Challenge 2010, online at or by visiting and following the progress of the pair on the Island Peak News page.

Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page


Article image Energy efficient crumpet cooling solution

Lakeland Bake has employed cooling equipment from J & E Hall for use in its yeast chiller room and the area where crumpets are cooled in controlled conditions. Full Story...

Article image Refrigeration: Enhanced remote monitoring solution

Star Refrigeration has enhanced its remote monitoring solution for users of industrial cooling plant in the food processing industry. Full Story...

New chiller series

Honeywell helps reduce Tesco's carbon footprint

Glacier's 'cool appearance' at Welsh bakery


Article image Artificial intelligence in the food industry

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been heralded as the next best thing since sliced bread. But what might it really mean for the food industry and what are the implications? Stephanie Duvault-Alexandre explains. Full Story...

Article image Reduce, reuse, recover

Taking simple steps to reduce water consumption or access wastewater treatment technology can help change the way this valuable resource in managed, says Simon EmmsFull Story...

A recipe for continuous improvement success

Added value: the best way to deliver ROI

What role does refrigeration play in the supply chain?