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Philip’s living the high life!

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A trekker hopes to raise money for charity by showing a film he has made about his adventures in Nepal.

Philip Loveridge of Biggleswade has completed a 15-day trek from Jiri in Nepal to Everest Base Camp – the equivalent of climbing from sea level to the top of the mountain itself.

The 35-year-old, who lives in The Baulk completed the 9,000-metre plus climb as part of a four-month adventure in south-east Asia.

He was inspired by a talk he attended about trekking in the Himalayas and has filmed himself during his time in the region.

When he returns to Biggleswade in January he hopes to show the film and sell tickets to the viewing.

He said: “I’m not doing the trek for any specific charity but my girlfriend is a charity fundraising co-ordinator at ASDA and she made me realise that I could raise a bit of money when I get back.

“It would be fun to show people the film and I think I could bring in a good number over two nights.”

Philip’s journey saw him trek to the base camp some 5,350 metres above sea level, located on the Khumbu Glacier and Khumbu Icefall – often referred to as the most dangerous place on earth to climb.

The final section of the trek was the hardest, he said.

He added: “The last three days heading to Base Camp are the toughest due to the lack of oxygen in the air – there is only around 55 per cent of what you would get normally.

“The altitude sickness gives you a headache and makes it impossible to sleep as the body is working so hard pumping oxygen around.

“The nights are also freezing cold and it is very easy to slip over when you get close to Base Camp due to the loose gravel from landslides lying on the ice of the glacier.”

The euphoria of completing the trek and views from Base Camp made the journey all the more worthwhile.

Philip said: “It was the hardest thing I have ever done but the views of Everest, Lhotse and the other snow-capped mountains are brilliant.”

During the remainder of his trip Philip hopes to complete a 14-day trek of the Annapurna region of the Himalayas.

 

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