Bear Grylls has been kind enough to send me a message of support for my climb:
‘Stephen god’s speed, stay safe, be cautious when it is time to be cautious, be bold when it is time to be bold. Bear! ‘
Bear Grylls climbed Mount Everest in 1998 and became the youngest Briton to climb Mount Everest at the time. It took Bear over ninety days of extreme weather and limited sleep to reach the summit and if that wasn’t enough he nearly ran out of oxygen deep inside the ‘death zone’ (any height above 26,000 feet). Bear was also almost killed in a crevasse at 19,000 feet when the ice cracked and the ground disappeared beneath him, he was knocked unconscious and came to a swinging stop on the end of a rope.
Bear has experienced many of the different challenges Everest can throw at a man when attempting to climb to the top of the world and most importantly made it back down safe and alive and it means a lot to have his support. Like bear was I will be also 23 when I attempt to climb to the top of the world.
For those of you who have not donated already please visit my donation page. I am not only climbing Mount Everest as a personal challenge but also to raise money for two very important charities, Marie Curie & Cancer Research. Every penny helps and every penny donated by you will go directly to these two charities