Penwortham grandad to climb Everest Base Camp for Double R Arts

A grandad will be moving '˜out of his comfort zone' by taking on a 13-day trek in Nepal to raise funds for a performing arts centre.

Wednesday, 11th April 2018, 11:51 am
Updated Thursday, 12th April 2018, 12:11 pm
Brian Moore, of Penwortham, during a previous summit climb

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Brian Moore, of Penwortham is preparing to fly to Katmandu on April 18, where he will then attempt to reach Everest Base Camp.The 71-year-old, who has two granddaughters, will be raising funds for Double R Arts, in Penwortham, where his daughter, Cat Morewin, is a member.

He said: “I recognise the value and worth of Double R Arts to young people in the South Ribble area. My daughter joined as a young person who benefitted greatly from being part of the group and she continues to be involved. “This is definitely outside my comfort zone but I will do it if it helps raise funds for Double R Arts.“At 71 years old I certainly won’t be the oldest person to do this trek, and I know of younger people who have failed, but if the gods of the mountains are with me, I will succeed.”

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During the 13-day expedition, Brian will tackle seven suspension bridges to cross over deep gorges.His challenge does not stop when he arrives at Everest Base Camp, as he will continue to climb to the highest place on the trek, Kala Patthar, at 18,000ft, which is 3.4 mile above sea level.

Brian added: “At this altitude there is only half as much air and oxygen as at sea level.“Then we start the descent, less exhausting but faster. The hazards of a rocky descent on tired legs should not be under estimated. Three days of descent, then a final day's 'stroll' back to Lukla and a chance to breath again.“There will be a support team, carrying some of our gear and arranging food and beds, but we are expected to walk five to six hours each day carrying a 6-7kg backpack. Climbing and breathing will be a big challenge, but perhaps the biggest hazard is the effect on the lungs of the dry cold air.”

Double R Arts’s Junior Youth Theatre will be performing their show Capa Academy on April 29, 2pm and 7pm, and April 30 at 7pm, at Penwortham Young People’s Centre, Priory Lane, Penwortham.

Tickets are £8 adults, £3 children.