Andy Burtt conquers Mount Manaslu, in The Himalayas.
ADVENTURER Andy Burtt has raised more than £1,000 for an Isle of Wight charity by scaling one of the world’s highest mountains.
The keen mountaineer climbed the 8,126m Mount Manaslu, in the Himalayas, in aid of St Catherine’s School, Ventnor.
He completed the gruelling expedition in six weeks, with a dozen other climbers.
Andy, a Wightlink captain, has previously scaled Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus and Mont Blanc.
He said: "There were times on the mountain when I did wonder what I was doing. Feeling exhausted, physically and emotionally, is common on reaching altitudes up to and beyond 8,000m. However, these feelings are definitely outweighed by the total elation and sense of achievement on summiting one of the world’s highest mountains.
"Back home, it was great to see how interested the children at St Catherine’s were to hear of my adventures and to answer their questions. A big thank-you to all who supported me by donating to St Catherine’s."
He presented a cheque for £1,100 to students Gayna and Fraser.
St Catherine’s principal, Dr Brendan Carleton, said: "We are all extremely impressed at Andy’s arduous and successful challenge on behalf of St Catherine’s and would like to thank him for all he has done to support our students, all of whom have speech, language and communication needs."