A DENTIST from Chester is hoping to raise money for charity by climbing Everest.
Dr Mark Walsh, 44, of Curzon Park, is currently attempting the climb to raise money for the British Dental Association benevolent fund, which provides financial support to dentists and their families.
“Last year I attempted the climb and managed to get as far as the second step on the Tibetan side of the mountain at an altitude of 8,605m,” he said.
“This time I’m aiming for the summit, which is 8,850m, and among our group is a climber who is just 16 years of age.”
He achieved his first high altitude ascent when he reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in February 2006.
Since then he has climbed mountains in North and South America (Denali, Aconcagua and Chimborazo).
The 69-day trek up Mount Everest is his next – and greatest – challenge, and he has been competing in a number of triathlons and organised long distance cycle rides in order to prepare himself.
He explained: “The climb involves quite a few hard days and nights, and it can be dangerous. Tragically, several people died climbing Everest last season. Although I recognise the risks involved, I have made thorough plans and I won’t let it stop me.
“At home we face dangers all around us in our daily lives. The fact that other people will benefit will help to spur me on.”