Eureka! I climbed an 88-floor tower

November 29, 2017

Heathcote firefighter Kristen Kirsch completed the Eureka Stair Climb in Melbourne with other members of the emergency services.

Emergency services donned their gear and took on the 88-floor climb. at Melbourne's Eureka Tower.

IF ONCE wasn’t enough then twice is sure to knock the wind out of anyone.

Heathcote firefighter Kristen Kirsch donned her 25kg of firefighting gear and decided to take on yet another stair climb.

Racing 28 floors in full uniform may have seemed crazy, however this time Kirsch decided to tackle 88.

Taking part in the highest vertical race in the southern hemisphere, Kirsch took to the stairs of Melbourne’s Eureka Tower.

It’s 1,647 steps in total – and while the tower’s elevator can get you there in less than a minute – the stairs can be considered quite the endurance event.

The race supports Whitelion, which assists young at-risk Australians, and Interplast Australia and New Zealand, which sends volunteer medical teams to developing countries across the Asia Pacific region.

As the only one in the Heathcote brigade to take part, Kirsch had advice to give to anyone considering the race.

“It was really hard. It’s harder than the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb but there were a fair few fireys there,” she said.

“All I can say is don’t do it.”

Other members of the Heathcote brigade were sure to heed her warning; however she has confirmed that three or so members will be taking part in the Firefighter Stair Climb next September.

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