Harmeny’s Everest climbers have made it!
Despite almost missing their outward flight, the four-man team of Alan Sinclair, Marc Preston, Rick Young and Bruce Collie has succeeded in making the gruelling climb to Everest Base Camp and is now closing in on it £25,000 target in aid of Harmeny’s Learning for Life Appeal.
Maybe it was because they were armed with letters to the Yeti from Harmeny’s enthusiastic children, but the beginning of the trip itself turned out pretty hairy! The landing at Kathmandu was aborted first time round due to thick fog, but the pilot made it on a second attempt, earning himself a big round of applause.
After also encountering Lukla airport, officially the most dangerous airport in the world due to the shortness of its runway and sheer drop at the end, the real work could begin. On just one day, the guys trekked for eight hours, crossing several suspension bridges with thousand-foot drops, to reach an altitude of 12,000 ft. “For comparison,” says Alan, “you’d have to climb Ben Nevis three times to clock in the same distance.”
From Tengboche (13,000 ft above sea level), the team undertook a series of shorter climbs to acclimatise further and help prepare them for the final stretch, up to Base Camp – which they achieved on Monday 15 April. On that final day they walked 35,000 steps, which Alan described as a “brutally tough climb”. The weather was fantastic, though, the views breath-taking – and the achievement on behalf of Harmeny’s own young troopers has been a complete inspiration to everyone at the school.
You can still sponsor Harmeny’s “Team Everest” at their visit their JustGiving page where every little bit helps. The team self-funded their trip so every penny raised goes directly to Harmeny.
And just as important, they’ve really paved the way for all the fundraising still to come – it’s great to see that individuals are already signing up for the Edinburgh KiltWalk on Sunday 15 September and the Forth Bridge Abseil on 6 October. You can join the Harmeny Heroes and help our life-changing work grow and expand even further. Get in touch now at firstname.lastname@example.org, 0131 449 3938 or visit our Learning for Life Appeal page.