Mount Everest

Nepal, Asia (8,848 m)

Pending April/May 2020

!Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth, standing at 8848m or 29,029ft. The international border between China (Tibet autonomous region) and Nepal runs across her summit point. Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary made the first official ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, using the southeast ridge route. While not posing substantial technical challenges on the standard route, Everest presents dangers of altitude sickness, weather, winds, acute mountain sickness, as well as the significant hazards from avalanches and the Khumbu icefall. Speaking about Mount Everest Damian said, "This is not something I ever dreamed I would attempt, simply because I didn't think I could. However my thinking has changed in recent years due in large part to my experiences and growth from pushing my standards of preparation and my physical and mental limits in recent expeditions. I want to test myself in the world's most extreme environments and I believe this will be my ultimate examination" Kilimanjaro (Completed June 2013) Tanzania, Africa 5895m Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain, situated in Kilimanjaro National Park in Northern Tanzania. Damian completed this hike in June 2013, in his off season from rugby. Commenting on his experience of getting to the top of Africa Damian said, "Kili' was one of the hardest expeditions I have ever endured. I know most people say it's 'doable even easy' but I really struggled getting off the mountain after pushing really hard to summit. Weighing in at 126kgs definitely didn't help my cause to get to 5895m but it was the initial stages of AMS (acute mountain sickness) that were a real insight into the dangers and helplessness of getting into trouble at such altitudes. Thanks to a bit of good old fashioned teamwork between myself, my guide and two selfless porters, I managed to get down to a safer altitude and recover some strength to continue my descent of the mountain. This experience helped me reassess my preparation detail but also strangely bonded a little of me to the challenge that mountains hold and their power to question your mental and physical capacities"




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