Brighouse man climbs world’s highest peak
AIN’T no mountain high enough for Philip Clarke.
He is to take on the slopes of Mount Everest in a bid to raise money for charity.
Philip, who has worked at Huddersfield Engineering company David Brown for 34 years, will reach heights of more than 18,000 feet for mental health charity Mind.
General manager of treatment and metallurgical services, Philip said: “I will head out to Kathmandu on September 29 and will have two days there.
“To do the trek, I must fly into Lukla Airport which is at 9,000ft and was recently voted the world’s most extreme airport.
“On one side there is a 2,000ft drop and the other there is a sheer rockface.
“Then I will be trekking for nine days to base camp with an option to scale Chhukung Ri at 18,238ft at the half way stage.
“After base camp I will climb to Kalapathar at 18,192 ft with close up views of Everest and the surrounding peaks.
“Then I will begin the trek back down.
“Temperatures will be low, during the day it will be about 0°C, evening it will be about -10°C and by the time night comes it is set to reach -20°C.