On the 23rd May 2008 I was lucky enough to stand on the top of Mt. Everest. A one year goal to climb 4 mountains on 4 continents in 1 year to raise $100,000 to build the Mt. Everest Primary school in Kitandwe, Uganda with Irish charity Fields of Life.
I am now an ambassador for Fields of Life and always trying to raise awareness of their work in East Africa. Fields of Life have 10% administration overheads. They have put over 50,000 students through education and currently have 40,000 children in all Fields of Life Schools. They also have a target of bringing one million people clean water by 2020 and need serious funds to be raised to make this target happen.
Climbing high on Everest is challenging, the lack of Oxygen, climbing in the death zone and being in a place where you are literally dying is mentally and physically one of the hardest places to be. Read more about my Summit night on Mt. Everest
As I look back on standing on top of Mt. Everest. I think about the people who I met on such an intense period of time. I met people who I should not have trusted or listened too. I got good and bad advice from climbers. I Learned that I had the knowledge, experience, ability and belief to achieve anything I set out to achieve.
I pushed myself to the limit or what I thought was the limit at the time to be the youngest Irishman to climb Everest at aged 29. I learned a lot about myself, other people and I had what it takes to achieve something most people said I could never achieve.
Looking back over the last 8 years on from my Everest summit, I got married. I have climbed 6 of the 7 summits. Denali 3 times, Climbed Kilimanjaro 19 times, Island peak 8 times lead 17 Everest base camp treks and lead numerous climbs and treks on 5 continents. I now own and run my own trekking company, an ambassador for Fields of Life, built a 2nd school in Nepal and speak internationally about my unique journey to the top of the world. I have also managed business turn around projects, business start ups. I continue to support the Mt. Everest primary school, projects to Nepal and work towards a long future trekking and climbing around the world.