There is something about Mount Everest (eight,848 metres) that repeatedly attracts members of the military to its slopes. No strangers to a challenge and hardship, soldiers have been testing themselves on the world’s highest mountain for decades. Perhaps it’s the pull of an extreme environment, or probably it is the thrill of seemingly insurmountable odds that brings enlisted men and ladies to the Khumbu seeking for adventure.
The Soldiering Tradition
George Mallory’s fateful 1924 expedition was lead by General Bruce Sir Edmund Hillary was in the Royal New Zealand Air Force and Bear Grylls educated with the UK Specific Forces just before his tv career and his ascent of Mount Everest at the age of 23. But the army’s connection goes far deeper than the visits of Westerners to Mount Everest. Nepal’s soldiering tradition is practically part of the landscape. In villages across Annapurna and along the trails of the Everest Base Camp Trek, you can discover monuments to – and celebrations of – the several Gurkha troops recruited to the British Army. Hardy young Nepalese guys still train and compete for the immense privilege of serving abroad. The Ghurkhas have been serving with Indian and British forces because the early 1800s, but have created the news lately thanks to Joanna Lumley’s Gurkha Justice Campaign, when she fought for their correct to retire in Britain following serving.
A Lengthy Stroll with 1 Leg
As properly as getting a place of adventure for several soldiers, the dramatic and gorgeous path of the Everest Base Camp Trek can also be a path to recovery. Royal Marine, Nick Gibbons, was hurt throughout active duty in Afghanistan and lost element of his correct leg. He was on patrol in Helmand in 2008 when he was hit by an explosion. It took five operations and some difficult physiotherapy to get him back walking, and just before lengthy he had walked from Lukla airport to Everest Base Camp (5360 m) on his new prosthetic. In January this year, he was back instruction with a Commando unit in Norway.
It is brave souls like Nick that motivate people to raise funds for charitable causes by following in his footsteps to Everest. One instance is a Literature lecturer from Newport who will be walking the Everest Base Camp Trek this February to raise income for “Assist for Heroes”, choosing this charity because of his connection with the Territorial Army.
Base Camp Border Police
There have been lots much more sightings of the army on Everest. In September 2009, members of the Indian army – the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) – made the news by announcing plans for a record-breaking, ecological Mount Everest expedition. Their aim was to simultaneously conduct a clean-up effort while attempting a planet record ski run from the summit of Everest down to Everest Base Camp.
It was a daring plan, specially with the knowledge that many similar attempts to ski down Everest have resulted in failure and severe injury. The ITBP took on the expedition aiming to increase their “survival method” and “operational preparedness” as nicely as an environmental mission to clear some of the refuse that has been allowed to accumulate on the mountain.
Eight of the group planned to ski down from the summit, with the other twenty climbers hauling the rubbish they have collected from the best down to Everest Base Camp. Regrettably, poor weather meant they had to abandon their ascent before they reached their objective. Sometimes even the precision of military preparing can not overcome the unpredictable and unforgiving nature of the climate about the world’s highest peak.