I was too young to have known when Everest was conquered by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary in 1952, yet somehow it impinged on my infant brain. When I was still a young child my parents gave me ‘The Conquest of Everest’ by Sir John Hunt. The startling pictures captivated me, I still have it and without opening it I can see the pictures still.
Climbing has never appealed – but appalled, yet maybe that treasured book prompted an interest in reading about it, and now I’m gripped by a tale of death and disaster, ‘Into Thin Air’ by Jon Krakauer
April 30th 2021 would’ve been Captain Tom Moore’s 101st birthday; in recognition and in remembrance of his achievement, a new challenge was announced by his family. They challenged ordinary folk to complete a hundred somethings to raise more funds for The Captain Tom Foundation – ‘whether you bake 100 cupcakes or walk 100 laps – help celebrate Captain Tom’s achievements.’ The official ‘Captain Tom 100’ has now finished, but I’ve challenged myself to write a 100 word blog each day for 100 days. I started on May 1st and when I complete my task, I’ll donate £100 to his Foundation.
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Everest Disaster – Jon Krakauer