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Climbing event to aid theft-hit Glencoe Mountain Rescue

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Image caption Up to 60 of the UK's top climbers are headed for Kinlochleven

A competition to be held on indoor climbing walls on Saturday will raise money for Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team.

The team has been trying to raise £50,000 for an extension to its base in Glencoe village to provide a new secure store for members' equipment.

Last year, the team's store was broken into and kit was stolen.

Up to 60 of the UK's top climbers are expected to contest the Scottish Mixed Masters competition at the Ice Factor in Kinlochleven.

In November 2013, Ice Factor's Festival of Ice attracted almost 70 climbers and raised more than £2,000 for the charity Climbers Against Cancer.

The mixed competition's co-organiser Kevin Shields said: "We plan to have a youth, men's and women's category and I'm also hoping we can attract some para sport climbers.

"It will be good fun, a great craic and benefit the Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team."

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Image caption Co-organiser Kevin Shields said it was hoped para sport climbers would be among the competitors

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