Everest Base Camp Reached For ME Awareness!
Everest approach - Matt Jones, Chris Goonan, Dominic Hayes, Christopher Wilson, Alan Gothorp, Martin Payne, Steve king and Simon Wing
After a pretty tough time, the guys have made it to Everest Base Camp for The York ME Community and all with ME.
Christopher Wilson said:
"Very pleased to report that we reached Mt Qomolangma (Everest) Base Camp with the ME Awareness Flag at 1528hrs on Thursday 18th May.
"The base camp is located at 5200m and walking to the final destination was challenging in itself due to low oxygen levels. Conditions at base camp were extremely windy (good for flag flying) with intermittent clouds with no particular destination in mind and the sun was not ideal for photos.
"The peak of Mt Everest is located directly above the left hand corner of the flag with the snow being blown from it, not ideal climbing weather. Directly behind the flag in the valley you can just make out the orange tents. This is the base camp for the mountaineers, their teams and their support crew waiting for windows in the weather to commence their attempt on the summit and move to the next stage camp. Lots of waiting unfortunately."
Base camp - Dominic Hayes, Alan Gothorp, Danny Rogers and Christopher Wilson. Alan is obviously looking the other way, in awe of Everest and looks somewhat like a yeti, only know he's backwards by looking at his feet
Our thanks go to all these guys who are bike riders from all over the world - Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, New Zealand, India, Scotland, Wales etc and ride together a few times a year in foreign places. This tour was organised by Nomad Knights, based in India and a great charity supporter. Knowing one of the riders, they were happy to take the ME Awareness flag to Everest Base Camp for us in an effort to raise ME awareness.
Unfortunately two of the team were hospitalised with quite serious cases of Altitude Mountain Sickness which can be unpredictable and affect different people in different ways. One was unable to complete the ride through exhaustion and another suffering from hypothermia, but glad to report everyone is now safe and well.
The aim of taking the flag was to highlight the needs of the 250,000 people in the UK with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). This is an illness affecting the nervous system and is suffered by approximately 800 people in the York area alone. If you would like to learn more, or know of someone in need of support, please visit www.York-ME-Community.org
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