World's First at The World's Highest
In March our Community Officer Shaun Hird went on a unique and epic trek to Everest Base Camp.
The flight from Kathmandu to Lukla was an adventure in itself due to the small airport being in the most dangerous airport in the world due to the mountainous region ending with a hair-raising landing on a steep mountain runway which is only 400m long.
Shaun took a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla were the trek started from
Lukla has an altitude above sea level of 2800 metres ( that's just short of 2 mile vertical from our Home of Football.
Shaun made is way up to Everest Base Camp through various villages PHAKDING, NAMCHE, TENGBOCHE, PHERICHE, LOBUCHE, GORAK SHEP on day 9 he reached Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5357metres. 3 1/2 miles above sea level.
There is 50% less oxygen at that altitude and tempretures or in their - 10 in the day and -25 at night.
The trek is not far in terms of distance 80 miles but it's the altitude that is difficult.
Everest Base Camp is classed in the very high altitude category. There are risks associated with high altitude including exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, cold and the risk of developing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), if you suffer from (AMS) you need to be moved down to a lower altitude or air lifted off.
Anyone can suffer from AMS regardless of age, gender, level of fitness, so it is not a certainty that Shaun would make it to Everest Base Camp.
Fortunatel'y for us Shaun completed the trek and now the World's First Football Club have a Shirt at the worlds Highest.
"It was some think I have always wanted to do so I went for it," Shaun told us. "I thought I would try and raise some money for a charity at the same time too so My chose was Crohn’s & Colitis UK."
"Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, affecting more than 300,000 people in the UK. My partner's son suffers from the condition so I know first hand how devistating it can be."
At present Shaun has raised just over £800 and wants to get to the magic £1000 mark .
You can support Shaun by sponsoring the Everest Base Camp Trek so he can try and get to his target of £1000 for theCROHN’S & COLITIS UK.
Page link below or just see Shaun at one of our remaining home games