Everest team charity reunion

By Emily Pearce

Thursday, February 14, 2013

 

Everest team charity reunion

Mountaineer Stephen Venables, left, and his team, who climbed Mount Everest in 1988.

THE record-breaking team that conquered Mount Everest in 1988 will reunite in aid of an Isle of Wight-based charity.

Mountaineer Stephen Venables, the first Briton to climb Everest without oxygen and tackle the mountain’s Kangshung Face, will reunite with his expedition team at a 25th anniversary event in London.

The Everest 88 event will raise money for Brainstrust, a brain tumour charity based in Cowes.

Mr Venables, a patron of Brainstrust, lost his 12-year-old son, Ollie, to a brain tumour.

He said: "This is a big year in the history of Everest climbs. It’s 25 years since we completed ours and 60 years since the first ever ascent, by Sir Edmund Hillary." A major link between the two famous climbs is the Tenzing family — Norgay Tenzing was the Sherpa who accompanied Sir Edmund, and his son, Norbu, was part of Mr Venables’ base camp support team, 35 years later.

Mr Venables was the only one of of four climbers to reach the summit during the famous ascent. Due to bad weather conditions, he was forced to spend an unplanned night in the open at 28,000 ft — still a world record for a solo bivouac.

The 25th anniversary event will be held at the Royal Geographical Society, London, on March 14.

Tickets are available from www.brainstrust.org.uk/everest88 or by calling 01983 292405.

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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