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Norfolk man to conquer Everest as part of seven summit challenge

PUBLISHED: 11:16 04 June 2018 | UPDATED: 11:16 04 June 2018

Philip Nolan a few metres away from the summit of Mera Peak. Everest in the background over Mr Nolan's right shoulder. Picture: Philip Nolan

Philip Nolan a few metres away from the summit of Mera Peak. Everest in the background over Mr Nolan's right shoulder. Picture: Philip Nolan

Philip Nolan

Climbing a mountain is a feat on many people's bucket lists, however few are tough enough to make good on their dreams.

Travelling down from a Mont Blanc climb in 2016. Picture: Philip NolanTravelling down from a Mont Blanc climb in 2016. Picture: Philip Nolan

But for one man, climbing just one mountain is not enough.

A north Norfolk man has decided not to climb not just one mountain, but seven, and will embarking on his first climb this month.

Philip Nolan will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro over a five day period, beginning on June 21.

The 31-year-old is no stranger to trekking dizzying heights, having already conquered the likes of Mont Blanc and Nepal’s Mera Peak.

At the summit of Cotopaxi, 2013. Picture: Philip NolanAt the summit of Cotopaxi, 2013. Picture: Philip Nolan

He said: “I’ve always enjoyed physical challenges, I’m passionate about travel and I believe that hard work and things that are worth achieving are not simply gifted to you. These all combine quite nicely into a set of adventures that are not only going to be physically challenging but logistically tricky, particularly for Everest and Mount Vinson in Antarctica.”

His seven summit challenge will include Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Puncak Jaya, Vinson. He will be climbing for a number of charities.

The security consultant, currently based in Dubai, said: “I have several different causes that are close to my heart, from the military to the Nepalese foundation, Monviso, that supports development in the Himalayas.

“I hope that I inspire even a few people to take to the mountains through the trips that I make. I want to give back to those less fortunate than me, and raise awareness where I can.”

Although he works in the Middle East, the former Royal Engineer studied History at the University of East Anglia, and has a family home in Gresham.

He continued: “The timeframe is also going to be quite significant. I’m not simply going to be able to complete all of the summits in a year and it is likely to take about five years or possibly more to complete.

“The challenge of keeping my body in the right shape for the progressively more difficult hills as well as making sure I expose myself to more technically difficult climbs is important to me.

“I don’t simply want to arrive at Everest just because I have the money to be there. I want to earn it.”

To support Mr Nolan on his seven summit challenge, contact him via his instagram at @honeybadgerinchief.

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