SLEAFORD mountaineer Matthew Dieumagard-Thornton has made it to the first leg of his mammoth trek up Mount Everest.
He made it to Base Camp, which is an incredible 17,000ft, on Sunday after a tough two-week long trek and is expected to continue up to Base One at the weekend after taking this time to acclimatise.
Yesterday (Wednesday) Matthew and the crew attended a three-hour Puja ceremony by the Sherpa people who live in the Himalayas, who pray to the Gods for permission to climb Mount Everest and a safe expedition for all who climb.
Matthew commented on his blog that the positive energy and optimism the ceremony transfers to climbers is “unbelievable.”
You can follow Matthew’s progress by visiting his blogs at http://blog.matthewdthornton.com/2012/04/lama-geshe.html and