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1st attempt 2012
2nd attempt scheduled for April 2019
Adaptive Grand Slam team members Martin and Jaco made their first attempt to summit Everest in 2012 with Walking With The Wounded. Disappointingly for the team, the expedition was called off due to a combination of bad weather and extreme danger on the slopes above. Several sherpers had been lost to the season and expedition guide, Harry Taylor, saw it as his responsibility to send his team home. The men hope to complete the summit in April 2015.
As part of their training, the team first summited Mount Manaslu (8,156m), the world’s 8th highest peak, and only 692m lower than Everest. They were the first disabled climbers in history to achieve this. Manaslu, provided
excellent training conditions for the Everest climb with her high altitudes, sub-zero temperatures, crevasses, and a demand for the team’s adapted climbing techniques and equipment to be put to the test.
On the Everest attempt, the team were challenged with the physical limitations of their injuries, altitude sickness, and fatigue. Meanwhile, the mountain confronted them with with hurricane force winds, ice cold temperatures, and treacherous paths through ice fields. The team’s first Everest attempt with Walking With The Wounded was televised on ITV’s ‘Harry’s Mountain Heroes’. The Adaptive Grand Slam team will return to finish what they started in April 2016.