Chichester’s Rupert to attempt Everest record again after deadly earthquake

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A Chichester explorer who was lucky to survive last year’s devastating Nepalese earthquake is preparing to make another record Everest attempt.

In April Rupert Jones Warner will attempt to become the first Briton and the youngest in the world to climb Mount Everest twice.

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In order to break this record, the 24-year-old will need to climb both the Nepalese and Tibetan sides of the Earth’s highest mountain, consecutively.

This daring voyage has only ever been accomplished once, by Mexican David Liano at the age of 33.

Rupert, who was born and raised in Chichester, featured in the Observer extensively in April last year when he was trapped at Base Camp on Mount Everest following a massive avalanche.

It was triggered by a huge earthquake, the worst to hit Nepal in 80 years which left thousands of people dead.

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Rupert is hoping to raise an ambitious £50,000 for children’s hospital Chestnut Tree House and admits he is nervous about taking on a challenge some consider ‘impossible’.

Rupert said: “I am very passionate about supporting the only children’s hospice in Sussex as I feels my family would have greatly benefited from such a service when my younger brother was receiving treatment for a life-threatening heart defect as a child.

“I am so grateful to everybody who has already donated to my GoFundMe page and although I am nervous about taking on a challenge that many view as impossible, I know this great cause will keep me motivated.”

The Everest2k16 expedition will last a total of 70 days, temperatures will drop below -40C, winds will reach up to 100mph and Rupert will be tested by an altitude of over 8000m which is now universally known as the ‘Death Zone’ due to the effect it has on your body.

Rupert’s Mount Everest expedition began a year and a half ago; however, six weeks into the initial expedition in April 2015, Rupert was caught up in the devastating earthquake and is lucky to have come out alive.

Although this experience was incredibly tough, Rupert has come back fighting and is determined to re-attempt breaking this impressive world record.

“We admire Rupert’s bravery to re-attempt this expedition after being caught up in the Nepalese earthquake last year which resulted in the Everest avalanche.

“We are delighted that GoFundMe can offer Rupert a platform to raise money for such a great cause and we wish him the best of luck on his adventure,” said Kelsea Little, spokesperson at GoFundMe.com.

Linda Perry from Chestnut Tree House said: “At Chestnut Tree House we are familiar with young people tackling the unimaginable; we help children and young people to make the most of their lives, however short.

“Rupert is an amazing young man and we wish him all the luck in the world for his incredible challenge.

“He is an inspiration to all of us at Chestnut Tree House and his support really will make a huge difference to the children and families who need our care.”

To help Rupert achieve his target visit https://www.gofundme.com/everest2k16

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