Fiennes Summits Everest
Low key expedition finally brings success
After two failed attempts and a heart attack at 8,500m Sir Ranulph
Fiennes famously declared "I won't be returning to Everest. It's a
seven week trip - last time I had a heart attack, this time bad timing
and weather scuppered my chances. I think any third attempt would be
bad luck." A year on and Fiennes, Britains greatest living explorer,
was back and at 1am this morning became the first person to cross the
North and South Poles and stand on the summit of Mount Everest. At 65
Sir Ranulph becomes the first British pensioner and oldest Brit to
summit the world's highest mountain, and hopes to raise £3
million for the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.
In a break from the style of his two previous attempts this year's
expedition was deliberately low key, and rather than join a major
commercial trip Fiennes chose to select a small team of Shepas and
retain the services of regular partner Kenton Cool. During his
2005 attempt on Everest, Sir Ranulph had a heart attack just 300 metres
short of the summit and last year was forced again to turn back - this
time at 8,400 metres after suffering from exhaustion. Last year's
attempt was alongside experienced mountaineer and guide Kenton Cool,
who also guided on Feinnes successful ascent of the Eiger's North Face
in 2007. Among Sir Ranulph's other notable numerous are becoming the
first man to reach the north and south poles by land unaided and
completing seven marathons on seven continents in seven days in 2003 -
just 4 months after triple heart bypass surgery!
On summiting as dawn was breaking Sir Ranulph said: "I have summited
Everest for Marie Curie Cancer Care which has long been a personal
goal. I urge everyone who followed my attempt last year to give
generously to Marie Curie so that we can at last achieve our
£3 million target to support its pioneering work in
end-of-life care." Commenting on conditions on the ascent, which
followed the classic South East Ridge route, Sir Ranulph said it was
"very very cold" and that he felt "dreadful" but pleased and that
summiting the world's highest mountain was "the closest you can get to
the moon by walking".
For more details check out the BBC
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Ho hum! That's three new threads on this subject in 24 hours, two with identical titles.
I thought someone was bound to have raised such a thread within minutes of the announcement so I looked for one before considering starting one of my own and hey presto! A RF Everest thread. Soon to be followed by yet another RF Everest thread.
Posted: 21/05/2009 at 20:04