Selsey man set to take on adventure of a lifetime for charity

Phillip Absolon
Phillip Absolon

A Selsey man is set to undertake an expedition to Nepal to climb a mountain and raise money for charity.

Phillip Absolon departs on November 5 to take part in a three week expedition, the object of which is to take on a previously unclimbed peak of around 6,000 meters in the Rolwaling region of Nepal.

Phillip said: “This is a very remote area close to the Tibetan border, off the beaten track and one of the seven hidden valleys of the Himalaya. The mountain we are attempting is provisionally called Langdung and there is also a nearby acclimatisation peak called Karbu Ri. There will be 13 participants plus our expedition leader and a full crew of Sherpas, porters and camp staff. Eric Shipton was the first westerner to explore the area while on a reconnaissance of Everest in 1951. It is where he and a colleague took photos of the Yeti footprints! After a day in Kathmandu to register our expedition and buy any missing kit.

“We will be spending eight days (including a rest day) trekking up the Rolwaling valley and onto the Rolwaling glazier to reach base camp. After an acclimatisation/rest day at base camp we trek to high camp, where we have another rest day before the summit attempt. For this we will be walking on fixed lines and using ice axes and crampons and will be supported by climbing Sherpas. We should be summiting on either the November 19 or 20. Hopefully the weather conditions will be stable, but it will be extremely cold.

“Apart from being the first to climb an unclimbed mountain the other major aim of the expedition is to raise money for charity. The charity which I and several others are supporting is called Shelterbox. This is a UK based charity which provides aid to disaster zones around the world. They provide things like tents, tools and materials essential for survival in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters and also in war zones. They were working in Nepal after the earthquake last year. In fact the area we are going to was badly affected, with many of our expedition companies’ Nepalese staff affected. You can see more info about their work on the Shelterbox website.

“All of the costs of the expedition are being met by those taking part, therefore all monies donated will go to the charity.”

To support Phillip and his team, donate at www.justgiving.com/Brian-Jackson7

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