A physics teacher and amateur climber entered the record books this weekend as he beat a Norwegian team to the summit of the notional pile of indebtedness christened the ‘debt mountain’ by the government.
He faced stiff competition however from the Norwegians, who made a name for themselves during the 1980’s by scaling some of Europe’s largest surplus butter mountains and in 1982, swimming Europe’s largest wine lake.
Mike Johnson reached the summit at 9 a.m. this morning, only to find that by five past the debt mountain had grown even larger. He finally reached the top at 11 am, and said it had all been worth it. ‘The view was amazing. From the very top you can see Canary Wharf and just make out all the workmen boarding it up,’