You may have read my most recent post about my reflections and forward plans after my recent attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest in Nepal. For the second year in a row, this was abandoned following a catastrophic earthquake that has now killed over 9,000 people across Nepal, and triggered avalanches that literally wiped out half of Everest base camp, killing three of my team.
In the spirit of overcoming adversity to make a difference, I have hastily set my sights on returning to conquer Everest for the third time, to fundraise for the victims in Nepal…. But this time- I’ll be on my bike.
You heard correctly- on the 9th of July, I will be cycling the height of Mount Everest in one 24 hour effort. No oxygen, or Sherpa support… That’s 29,035ft of vertical ascent (climbing) spread over about 130 miles. That equates to cycling up Snowdon 8.5 times, or 2.5 times the ascent of the Fred Whitton, the toughest cycling sportive in the UK.
And you can be part of it! I am looking for businesses and organizations to sponsor each one of my 14 ascents of Great Dun Fell in Cumbria, one of the biggest road climbs in the UK. These ascents and descents will equate to over 29,035ft /8850m of vertical ascent. For a min. £100 donation to my page (www.justgiving.com/EPIC7) to support Nepal, you will get a shout-out on social media, my blog, and a photo with your name/logo on a placard at the top of each of my ascents.
I hope my short-term pain is not in vain. If every ascent is sponsored, we could raise at least £1,400 for the Himalayan Trust UK to help Nepal with the long-term pain of recovering from these disasters. We’re already making good progress thanks to the generosity of the Chester Business Club, Westgrove Group, Spring Coaching and Consulting, Sharples Group, Steve Platt and Alex Patterson.
Think I can do it? Please help make this a reality and spread the word!
Thanks in advance,