Jack's harrowing trek to top of Everest

PUBLISHED: 12:59 27 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:34 15 June 2010

Jack Sutcliffe

Jack Sutcliffe

A PROUD Musbury man has told the harrowing story of how his grandson became one of the youngest people to ever climb Mount Everest.

A PROUD Musbury man has told the harrowing story of how his grandson became one of the youngest people to ever climb Mount Everest.Maurice Sutcliffe explained how 20-year-old Jack reached the summit after nearly a two month climb.He is believed to be the youngest person to achieve the feat. But Jack, who risked life and limb in aid of charity, said he would not do it again - after watching another climber die in front of him.Maurice, 86, of Maidenhayne Lane, said: "He's an adventurous young man and the sort of thing we need. "We are very proud of him doing this."But he said Jack had been disturbed by the death of a 26-year-old Austrian who attempted to be the youngest person to climb without oxygen.He said: "He died literally in front of him and there was nothing he could do. "He saw bodies left there. He was quite alarmed and never expected to see such things."The Austrian had been an experienced climber and they had shared a tent. "And they seemed to be well-matched fitness-wise."He added that Jack had also been short on oxygen and struggled to reach the summit.He said: "He pushed up, short of oxygen, and was literally crawling the last bit to get in the tent."Jack, who travelled a day after veteran adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, took the north route through china. Sir Ranulph took the south route and they never met.Jack took part to raise money for the AVF Foundation, to build two new classrooms for a primary school in Pachok, which lies at the foothills of the Himalayas. To date he has raised nearly £3,500 and has a target of £10,000. For more information visit www.justgiving.com/jacksutcliffe


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