Stephen Venables is recreating his record-breaking ascent of Everest on twitter to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the climb.
A slightly odd one this: Stephen Venables, the first Briton to climb Everest without supplementary oxygen back in 1988, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the 1988 Neverest expedition by recreating it on twitter.
It's a bit like one of those WW2 recreations except that it's climbing. The virtual climb has been underway for a couple of days now and Venables has already witnessed a huge falling serac and an avalanche while eating porridge...
Venables, if you didn't know, summited the mountain after a gruelling ascent of the Kangshung Face with a solo bivouac at a brain-curdling 8,600m. Should be interesting reading his thoughts on that retrospectively.
Nice project. It's scheduled to finish 24 hours prior to an anniversary reunion between Venables and the rest of the climbing team. The four are gathering at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 14 March for a special charity event in aid of brain tumour charity brainstrust - www.brainstrust.org.uk/everest88/ - you can join the team at a price, with the proceeds going to a good cause.
You can follow the ascent at twitter.com/neverest88