Scaffolding put at top of Ben Nevis in record bid

Scaffolders are hoping to climb into the history books after an attempt to put up the highest scaffolding in Britain – and possibly the world.

The team of Paul Greenaway, Lee Silvester and Dan King, from Castlebuild Scaffolding in Spalding, carted enough poles for the 8ft by 4ft construction up to the peak of Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles at 4,406ft, on Friday.

Now they are hoping their feat will get them into the Guinness Book of World Records.

Managing director Paul said: "It was ten times harder than we originally expected.We were carrying 40lb each."

After coming across the first patches of snow around the halfway mark, the group realised the enormity of the task ahead of them.

Paul said: "If we knew at this point how hard it was going to get, we might have turned back."

The final 1,000ft really tested the team. They were walking on ice and being blasted by freezing ice particles.

After reaching the summit the team slowly put up the scaffolding in a windchill factor of almost -20C.

And on the way down the group came across a climber with a broken ankle and had to call mountain rescue, who flew in with a Sea King helicopter to save him.

After reaching the base of the mountain once more the climbers posed for a few photos with other climbers.

Paul said: "Most of them thought we were barmy."

And now the team, which was led by former Royal Engineer John Tilley, is waiting for confirmation that the eight hour and ten-mile round trip was worth it.

Guinness had no record of anything higher, and Paul is still hoping it may be a world record, not just a British one.

He said: "You would have to be pretty stupid to take scaffolding up Everest."