Hares017cropped
Inbox-1
White-Horse
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08-----07
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09------30
D4S9273
TdB-Pewsey044
Remebrance-18-1
SBJ
YELLOWHAMMER-473-
MYFC005
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Scouting-for-Girls7
Civic-Service-18
Camilla-MSM
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
IMG9097
Snowy-High-Street
D812668
Torch-2012-05-23093-
IMG8472
Remebrance-18-3
D4S0472
Mop-Fair---10-10-09------08
Brooks-Williams1
Inbox2
FROSTY-MORNING-
Sunset
MBORO-HOCKEY-YOUTH-473
Big-Bull
BABRURY-XC-JUMP-473
Duke-of-Kent086
Brazier
Animals06
Camilla-2012-10-19152
4MI-2013-11-28030
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Musical-Time-Machine5
Tina-May5
Pete-Gage-Band1
JazzFestSat572
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Turin-Brakes6
Remebrance-18-2
Ogbourne
Roving-Crows1
EARLY-MORNING-CANTER-473-
George-Wilding-301
Gordon-and-Sam
Sunset2
Landscape

 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aldbourne climber (61) is days away from top of the world

A 61-year-old Aldbourne man, who aims to become the first over-60 to climb the North Ridge of Mount Everest and only the second to reach the summit, is waiting for a 'summit window' to make his final ascent.

As well as entering the record books, company director Simon Knighton also hopes to raise £100,000 for the charity Age UK and local good causes during the 69-day challenge.

Simon and his fellow climbers (pictured) arrived at base camp – 5,200m above sea level – at the beginning of April, and have been acclimatising to the altitude before tackling the ascent to the summit – at 8,848m (29,029ft) - within the next few days.

Talking about the about the challenges of his climb before he left the UK, Simon said: “I’m by no means a professional mountaineer, and climbing Mount Everest will be the greatest challenge of my life.

"I’ve been training for the climb for a year and whilst I feel confident I can tackle Everest, I know that luck will have a significant part to play in my success.

He added: “I’m dedicating the expedition to Age UK and local charitable organisations as I feel that we should all have access to health and wellbeing services in later life.

"I’m also hoping my experience will inspire others to set themselves a personal challenge and do something extraordinary for charity.”

People can follow Simon's day-by-day account of life on the North Face, where night time temperatures reach -20c - at www.myeverest.org.uk or via Twitter at @myeverest

To donate to Simon’s Mount Everest climb – which has already raised almost £4,500 - visit www.justgiving.com/simon-knighton 

Print Email

Big-Bull
Ogbourne
ARKManton-2012-01-1449-
MYFC005
Remebrance-18-1
CivicSelfie1
TdB-Pewsey044
4MI-2013-11-28030
Brazier
Brooks-Williams1
Roving-Crows1
IMG9097
Camilla-MSM
Hares017cropped
Christmas-Lights15-11-20097
Camilla-2012-10-19152
Mop-Fair---10-10-09---08
D4S9273
Turin-Brakes6
D812668
SBJ
Marlborough-2013-04-18StPeters
Animals06
Sunset
George-Wilding-301
Sunset2
JazzFestSat572
Torch-2012-05-23093-
Civic-Service-18
White-Horse
D4S0472
Scouting-for-Girls7
Remebrance-18-3
IMG8472
Duke-of-Kent086
Gordon-and-Sam
Town-Hall-2011-05-0308-
Silbury-Sunset---10-06-08---07
Landscape
Musical-Time-Machine5
Bluebells-in-West-Woods-10-05-09---30
Pete-Gage-Band1
1stXV-and-others-with-Mayor
Inquisitive-sheep-in-West-Overton
Marlborough-under-snow-from-above---Pete-Davies
Tina-May5
Snowy-High-Street
Remebrance-18-2