Mount Everest 2018
An attempt to climb the highest mountain in the world, in support of Save the Children.
What an adventure this was. My biggest, highest, and toughest to date.
I would love to be writing about a successful summit on the world’s highest mountain, but, for me at least, that’s not the case.
It wasn’t to be. At an altitude of 21,000ft, I had to turn around, to end my attempt at standing on top of the world. I had taken my body as far as it could go, which is hard, when your mind is telling you it can go further, higher.
Reflection is a wonderful thing. As is perspective. And I certainly had a good dose of that during my 4 weeks spent on Everest. All my fingers and toes are still attached, and I’ve learned lessons that can only be taught in the world’s most hostile environment, lessons that I will take with me on my next climbs, adventures and endeavours, whatever they may be.
And to add to all of that, thanks to the incredible support of friends, colleagues and strangers, over £11,500 has been raised for Save The Children and their incredible work around disaster relief. Wow.
Time for a different perspective now, safe in the knowledge that Everest will always be there. For the adventure.