Shads Palmer is at Mount Everest. 17th May - 3rd June 2020

The reason we were very keen to support Mental Health Research UK as one of our charities during our rugby clubs Everest Challenge is twofold.

One - as a team we are almost all involved in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in our various roles as teachers, HSE or industry leads, also supporting a charity that carries out research and supports PhD students in the subject, is a big draw for us.

Secondly, most of the team carrying out the challenge have direct experiences of  losing friends, especially ex military colleagues, to various mental health issues. As we test ourselves throughout the 20+ days, these memories of friends keep driving us forward to complete the task to help raise funds and awareness to prevent further loss.

Todays charity, chosen by Shads is Mental Health Research UK, the first charity to fund research into mental health illness and PhD Scholarships. Please visit @mrhuk or… or Facebook 12 team 1 / Day 5 team 2 of @gulflegendsrugby Everest Challenge - min 18 days of 1 hour stair climbing with 25kg rucksack. 8 regular climbers representing different charities each day.

To donate to Mental Health Research UK COVID 19 Psychological Trauma PhD Scholarship, click on the link.

Today team 1 of Julian PeteMike JaskoJamie and Shads are firmly in the death zone, only ascending and descending the 300m from Camp 2 to Camp 3 with kit @ 34% oxygen. Final rest tonight before Hillary step at 8970m and summit tomorrow and our longest and toughest climb. 

Team 2 oRickyOwen & Chalky catching up with their doubles yesterday getting towards Base Camp.

Team 1 have decided to stay on mountain after summit to support team 2 to finish, so at least another 10 days to go. If part time climbers want to rejoin.

Todays music - Ricky went for Cuban Jazz and Buena Vista Social Club, while Julian went for some mountain tunes by John Denver.

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