A ‘EUPHORIC’ Sleaford mountaineer has safely reached the top of the world’s highest mountain.
Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton became one of the youngest British mountaineers to reach the summit of Mount Everest when he made it to the ultimate peak early on Saturday morning after a tough six-week long trek.
Speaking on Monday from Base Camp, Matthew said: “It felt absolutely euphoric to reach the summit.
“It was indescribable, something that I have waited for for years.”
Due to high winds, Matthew wasn’t even able to phone his mum Nicolle to say that he had made it safely to the summit and had to report his success once he was safely back at Camp Four.
After a few days of rest at Base Camp, Matthew started his return trek back down the mountain via Lukla Valley yesterday (Tuesday) and is hoping to board a plane to fly back to England on Sunday after a few days’ recovery in Nepal.
Matthew is aiming to raise at least £8,848 from his challenge, the equivalent to the height of Everest in metres, for the Global Angels’ Water for Life project to provide safe drinking water for thousands of people in Africa.
He is also an ambassador of Climate Unchange, a global webshop that enables people and businesses to reduce their carbon footprints.
His climb also highlighted the importance of caring for the environment.
l See page 3 of this week’s Sleaford Standard for more details on Matthew’s Everest achievement.