Everest News

Everest is once again the focus of world mountaineering news as its short-lived summit window opened a few days ago.The Jagged Globe expedition hopes to achieve two firsts this year. If successful, Rhys Jones will become the youngest Briton to climb the seven summits (the highest summit on each continent), and Kenton Cool will become the only Briton to have summited three times. Check out Jagged Globe´s online despatches. Meanwhile Kiwi mountaineer Mark Inglis reached the summit last night to become the first double-amputee to conquer the world´s highest peak. Inglis, who lost both his legs below the knee in 1982 after being trapped in an ice cave on Mount Cook for 14 days, reached the 8850m summit after a gruelling 40 days on Everest. The 47-year-old Paralympics cycling silver medallist and his team of about 16 New Zealand climbers and Tibetan sherpas set out from Tibet on March 25 and had aimed to reached Everest´s summit by the end of this month. Despite a minor setback in late April when Inglis broke one of his artificial legs in a fall, the easy acclimatisation of the crew and good weather made them push for the summit much earlier than expected. ———————————————————————– If you have any news worth reporting please contact Matt – matt@planetfear.com / 0114 2969114 ———————————————————————–