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all safely back in Kathmandu after our summit attempt, here is what
Mackay with Everest and Nuptse
in the background
In support of
Royal hospital For sick children, Edinburgh (ward 4)
and The Childrenís hospice Association
This year (29th
May 2003) marks the 50th anniversary of Hilary and
Tensingís first ascent of Mount Everest. Trying to
climb Everest has been a dream of mine for most of my
life. In an attempt to live that dream I have joined
an international expedition with the intention of
reaching the summit by the south east Ridge during May
2003. The expedition leader is Henry Todd from Dundee.
Henry has led 5 successful expeditions to Everest in
the past 8 years. I have climbed with him in Scotland,
Tibet, Nepal and Argentina.
To date only 59 British climbers have reached the
summit since the first ascent and the climb is still
regarded as one of the supreme physical and mental
challenges. Less than 1 in 25 of those who attempt the
mountain succeed first time, so the odds are very much
against me. Fortunately death rates have fallen during
the past decade with 15 fatalities in 1996 decreasing
to 9 in1997 with 4 in 1998 and 4 in 1999 (I donít have
figures for the last three years). Success is very
much weather dependant with some years having no
summiteers at all and a few having more than 100.
I would like my effort to result in some benefit to
worthy causes, so I would be very grateful if you
would consider sponsoring the two Childrenís charities
above. Ward 4 in The Sick Childrenís Hospital treats
children with leukaemia. The treatment is generally
long term and funds go to providing the children with
comforts and activities during their extended
treatment. The Childrenís Hospice Association Scotland
has just obtained planning consent for its second
childrenís hospice in Scotland and funds are urgently
required to enable this project to go ahead. Every
penny donated will go direct to these causes without
any deductions of any kind for expenses.
Everest is 29,035ft high; base camp is about 17,800ft,
thus the climb from base camp to the summit is just
over 11,000 ft. The amount of any donation will be
measured by each 1000ft climbed above base camp plus a
bonus amount if the summit is reached. If you donate
£1 for every 1000 feet your maximum donation would be
£11 plus any summit bonus. Even if I donít reach the
summit, the route from base camp to camp 4 (the South
Col) is very challenging. From base camp to camp 1
involves climbing 2000ft over the notorious Khumbu
Icefall and the route from camp 2 to camp 4 involves a
climb of 3000ft up the Lhotse Face (a sheer ice wall).
If I only
reach camp 4 (at 26,200ft) a donation of £1 for every
1000 ft would total about £8.
I leave for Nepal on 23rd March and all
being well I hope to be back at the beginning of June.
Please click here to give.
Best Regards, Ian Mackay QC.