It was uphill all the way for Manchester based-Monarch pilot, Paul Fox who has achieved his childhood dream of scaling the world’s highest mountain to reach the highest point on earth.
Back in 2015 Captain Paul Fox was 6500m into his ascent of 8848m Everest when his trip was abandoned due to the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal. Almost two years on the keen adventurer has now completed the climb, raising almost £4500 for water-aid charity, Just a Drop, a Monarch Foundation partner, in the process.
Born in Ely, Cambridgeshire Paul has always dreamed of reaching the top of Everest. He has always enjoyed climbing and walking and in the early 2000’s Paul became a mountain guide working in Kilimanjaro, Tien Shan and the Dolomites.
Now based in West Yorkshire based Captain Paul Fox has been flying for Monarch since 2005. His location allows him to combine his flying career with long and often arduous walks in the nearby countryside enjoying the challenge of basic survival and being outdoors.
“I was very apprehensive before going, especially because of the events of 2015. For this climb I was in a group of 10 and we were accompanied on the north side of the mountain by 20 Sherpas and their 30 yaks.
“I am still coming to terms with what I have achieved. It seems amazing and a little odd to be able to finally say ‘I’ve climbed Everest’. I have now realised my childhood dream. Once I had reached the summit and we started the descent all I could think about was seeing my daughter after being away for two months, and a nice cold beer!”
Pauline Prow, Chair of The Monarch Foundation, said:
“We are so proud of Paul for reaching the summit of Everest and raising an amazing amount of money for Monarch Foundation charity partner, Just a Drop. I would like to thank Paul for this, it will really make a difference to the charity and of course congratulate him on his brilliant achievement.”
To help Paul reach his target of £8848, the number of meters to the top of Everest, please donate at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Monarch-FoundationPaulFoxclimbsEverest#modal