Nepal climbing expedition raises money for disaster relief charity

The team taking part in the unclimbed peak expedition
The team taking part in the unclimbed peak expedition

A Selsey man has completed a fundraising expedition.

Phillip Absolon, along with his team, climbed a previously unclimbed peak of around 6,000 meters in the Rolwaling region of Nepal. Phillip took part in this challenge of a lifetime to raise money for ShelterBox, a UK based charity which provides aid to disaster zones around the world.

Phillip said: “I believe that in order to lead a full life it is important to challenge yourself occasionally. You only find out what you are truly capable of by stepping outside of your comfort zone and pushing yourself to the limit. I had previously climbed Kilimanjaro and was looking for a new challenge when I read about the unclimbed peak expedition and thought that it was just what I was looking for. I had no previous experience of using crampons, jumars and ice axes or walking as part of a rope team. Having successfully completed the expedition I am obviously quite pleased with my achievement, but over and above that I feel mentally stronger now and better equipped to face any challenges that life may throw at me. I suppose that this sort of experience teaches self- reliance and shows that nothing is impossible if you work hard and put your mind to it.

“I chose to support ShelterBox because it is a really good charity which has helped the people of Nepal after the devastating earthquake of last year, as well as many other people around the world after various natural disasters. They provide the things that people need in order to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, such as tents, blankets and tools. They don’t have as much celebrity support as some other charities and so I thought they were deserving of my support. So far I’ve raised £917 and together with Brian we’ve raised a total of £2,755 towards out target of £6,010. If anyone would like to help us reach our target they can donate at www.justgiving.com/Brian-Jackson7.

“Our peak is called Karbu Ri (which means White Peak) and is on the border between Nepal and Tibet. The satellite tracker which we used has recorded the height as 6,010 meters. We summited at around 9am on November 18, after leaving high camp at 2am and climbing up the glacier in the dark, using fixed lines to ascend the steepest sections and to negotiate around crevasses. On the summit we had fantastic views into Tibet and also across to Everest.”

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