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10:30 - 19 January 2006

They're already on top of the world after conquering Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, in 2005. But now two Polesworth climbers are set to go one better - by taking on the highest mountain in the Americas.

John Price and Neal Unitt-Jones set off for Mount Acongagua in Argentina on February 3 for the next leg in their gruelling 'Seven Summit Challenge'.

And after collecting nearly 1,800 from the Kilimanjaro climb, the men are hoping their latest brush with altitude sickness and frostbite will raise 3,000 for Epilepsy Action.

Aconcagua sits close to the Chilean border and rises almost 23,000 feet above sea level, making it the highest peak outside Asia.

"I managed to climb Kilimanjaro in February 2005 and collected nearly 1,800 for Leukaemia Research," John told the Herald.

"So it was time to up the ante - and how else than to raise the bar by 3,000 feet?

"Neal has wanted to conquer the Aconcagua as long as he can recall - right back from his early days in the Scout movement in Tamworth, so it was perfect for both of us."

Anyone wishing to sponsor John and Neal should go to the website http://www.justgiving.com/aconcagua2006and click on the 'sponsor me now' link.

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