Mountaineer Martin (aged 64) and grandson Nanatuk Nathan (aged 11) have climbed Mount Everest at a rate of 200 stairs per day. They left Base Camp (17,600 feet) on April 14th and reached the summit of Everest (29,029 feet) on July 17th. In total, it took 95 days including 4 Camp rest days. This is their final journal entry:
On July 17th, Nanatuk Nathan, age 11, completed The Great Virtual Everest Charity Climb. In total he climbed 18,200 stairs (11,428 feet vertical) in 95 days. Joining us on the adventure was Jyamchang Bhote Sherpa Salaka. Jyamchang guided us to the top of Everest and we will forever be in his debt.
A number of other climbers joined us on this great adventure. These included Nathan’s Mum Klemheist-Knot Kristina and Martin’s wife, Sherpa Sue. Huge thanks to Alpine Ally who spread the word about this amazing adventure; Crampon Charlie, a top US mountaineer and “Twinkie” fan and Cut-loose Chris, Mountaineer Martin’s nephew and Private Chef. Cochrane based climbers included K2 Kristiana and her kids Twist-Lock Teague (15) and Leavittation Lucia (12); Summit Steve and his family and Prusik Patti who used Big Hill as her Everest.
Along the way Nanatuk Nathan helped raise over $1,200 US for a group of Sherpa's who have lost their jobs due to the closure of Mount Everest. If you would like to help Nathan support the Sherpa’s then please go to www.martinparnell.com and hit the big, red “DONATE” button.
When asked how it felt to have summited Everest, Nathan said "It was good, it took a lot of work to get there. But every day we did a lot of steps and in the end we got there."
Well done Nathan...you did it!
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