Philip can’t wait to see the view from Mount Everest

New heights: Philip Clarke
New heights: Philip Clarke
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A Brighouse man will take on his toughest climbing challenge yet as his aims to reach the Mount Everest Base Camp,

Philip Clarke, of Sefton Drive, will take on the 17,585-ft challenge at the end of this month.

Derbyshire Army Cadets trekked to Everest Base Camp.

Derbyshire Army Cadets trekked to Everest Base Camp.

What started out as a holiday for the 60-year-old has turned into a fund-raising mission too.

Philip will be raising money for mental health charity MIND because he has previously suffered from depression.

“It was a holiday to start with but then people suggested I should try and raise some money too,” he said.

Altitude

“It might seem an unusual holiday to some people but not to me.

“I walk the Alps once or twice a year and it’s something I really enjoy.

“And being 60, it’s something I wanted to do while I was still fit enough.”

Philip is a regular walker and the increased altitude does not worry him.

“The Everest Base Camp is at 17,585 feet and is the point where you start the serious climbing,” he said. “It’s like a little village – it even has a hospital.

“It’s a long way up but the problem for some people comes at around 9,000 feet if they’ve never been at that altitude.

“But I’ve done it plenty of times and I’m confident I’ll be OK.”

The 18-day journey begins on September 29, when Philip will fly from London to Delhi and then on to Katmandu.

From Katmandu, where he will meet the rest of the walkers on the trek, Philip will fly into Lukla, which, at 9,000 feet is renowned as one of the world’s most extreme airports, with 29 passengers dying their in aeroplane crashes since 2008.

“The runway is on a hill and the pilot has got to get it right first time,” said Philip.

From there, he will climb the next 8,500 feet to the Base Camp.

“I can’t wait to see the view when I get there,” he said. “It takes in a huge area and it should be spectacular.”

Philip has already raised £500 towards MIND but is looking to raise more. To sponsor him, call 07802653363.