Everest Base Camp

A team from the Metropolitan Tabernacle are preparing for a mountain hike to raise funds for the Childrens Sanctuary on 21st October 2011.




In 2008 and again in 2009 teams climbed Killimanjaro and raised a much needed funds to keep the Sanctuary outreach work going strong. This year - they are very bravely going to face Everest Basecamp!!

We are very excited for the team and will be praying for them because this will be a real challenge for everyone involved. Lets all support and encourage them in this feat and get behind them in prayer and in sponsorship. Best wishes for the team - no mountain high enough for you guys!!

With only a few days to go the estimated sponsorship total is over £45,000.  

The team have now successfully completed their final training in the mourne mountains and the excitement is building. On completion of their walk on Saturday the team went to Families Fish and Chip shop in Ballynahinch and competed in the "Fish Supper Challenge" which donates money to our project in Ethiopia. The challenge itself, for those which took part, was to finish in record time a 16oz fish, a portion of chips, mushy peas and two rounds of bread and butter. Five team members were successful including Michael Jameson, who set a new record by completing the challenge in 11 minutes - the previous record was 15 minutes.

Some local businesses have generously supported the team this year and we have produced a sponsor shirt for everyone taking part in the climb. 



The Everest team are going 2/3 of the way to the summit reaching an altitude of 20,000ft. The first training day was in January 2011 during which the team experienced snow, ice and difficult conditions. Each visit to the Mournes increased in the number of peaks and in the distance covered.

Below are some pictures from the great training days at the Mourne mountains.

Below you see the team opening an emergency storm shelter. While walking in the Himalayas they will experience extreme weather conditions and temperatures falling to -20°c and they must be ready for anything!


During their climb the team will be walking at a height almost 10 times the height of Sleive Donnard. 



There is a lot of travel involved too - they leave Belfast City Airport and fly to Heathrow, then take an overnight flight to Delhi in India. This is followed by a flight to Kathmandu in Nepal where the team have a short overnight rest before flying to one of the world's most dangerous airports - Lukla. The You Tube link below show what they have to look forward to!


Once landed safely, here are some of the views they can expect to see...