Friday, 28 May 2010


I was sorry to read that ex-England fullback Josh Lewsey failed in his bid to climb Mount Everest, something he was attempting to raise funds for the Help for Heroes charity.

Lewsey was apparently only 500 feet from the peak when his breathing equipment failed and so had to get back down the mountain sharpish before his oxygen supply ran out.

"The most terrifying thing was seeing the dead bodies," said Lewsey. "I saw one Japanese climber who had died two days before. All you want to do is sit down and sleep because your oxygen levels are so low - but that's how they all ended up dying."

Blimey. And to think I get out of breath walking back up the hill from the village with my newspaper on a Sunday morning.


Geoffrey said...

Bad luck Josh.
*Everest is littered with bodies and junk, I bet there's Starbucks up there somewhere.

Nursedude said...

Sounds like something out of John Krankaur's harrowing book, "Into Thin Air" (an excellent read, by the way). People forget that in spite of the recent success of a 13 year old American kid, climbing a mountain is a very, very dangerous activity. Anybody who even attempts to climb a mountain like Everest, K2 or Annapurna has my respect. At least Josh can live another day...this mountain has more dead bodies than some graveyards.

Nursedude said...

PS-Saw this news about a Scottish climber who died after he had made it to the top of Everest: