Firefighters to take on Everest challenge

Gregg Taylor, Stewart Murdoch, Craig Chalmers, Mark Greig leave this week for the climb
Gregg Taylor, Stewart Murdoch, Craig Chalmers, Mark Greig leave this week for the climb

A team of retained firefighters is set to brave one of the world’s most challenging environments to raise money for charity.

Mark Greig and Gregg Taylor, from Stonehaven Fire Station, and Stewart Murdoch and Craig Chalmers based at Banchory will trek to Everest Base Camp at (5380m/17650ft) next week.

In reality, the team will actually climb a summit slightly higher at (5643m/18513ft). They will be away for 24 days from tomorrow (Friday) until December 1 and also have to land at what is considered to be one of the world’s most dangerous airports, Lukla or Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Nepal.

The team are raising money for the Firefighters Charity and the Davie Crabb Foundation, named after a local firefighter who lost his battle with cancer four years ago.

Stewart Murdoch, said: “Graham McDonald, contacted the station saying he was now involved in a global expedition and project company called Venture Force Ltd.

“He said they were looking to take a team of UK Firefighters to Everest in November and came down to the station one night before drill and explained what would be involved.

“As we are keen trekkers we decided that it was too tempting an opportunity to turn down.”

The trek will take a lot out of the team and they are likely to have to contend with altitude sickness, sleep deprivation owing to the testing atmosphere, no showers for 15 days and other difficulties such as blisters, headaches and aching muscles.