Date 20-12-02, for immediate release
Wheelchair Explorer Announces Everest Expedition
Disabled explorer Glenn Shaw is currently planning an expedition
to Mount Everest. By anyone's standards an ambitious project, the
single detail that makes this venture all the more remarkable is
that when he isn't hurtling around Britain in his customised Land
Rover or paddling off the coast of Antarctica in his kayak, Glenn
is confined to a wheelchair.
Glenn suffers from a medical condition known as 'Brittle Bones'.
He knows that the slightest knock can result in a broken limb. A
simple fall might kill him outright. But Glenn is an adventurer,
and treats his physical disability as simply one more difficulty
Glenn and his small team will set out for Everest in May 2003.
They will fly to Tibet and then travel overland to the Buddhist
monastery at Rongbuk. Glenn will then wheel himself to Base Camp
at an altitude of over 5000 metres using a custom-built vehicle
that is currently undergoing trials.
Glenn is aiming to arrive at Base Camp (at an altitude of over
5000 metres) on May 29th 2003 - exactly 50 years to the day since
Hillary and Tenzing reached the summit.
"I'd like to go higher, but the Everest climbers that I have
spoken to have described the terrain above Base Camp as being very
broken and riddled with streams. This is the worst sort of ground
for me to tackle. So I'll go as far as Base Camp and then assess
the situation for myself," Glenn said.
Glenn's first expedition to reach the Mount Everest failed in 1997
when together with a Sherpa he slipped and fell at an altitude of
almost 4000 metres. Only Glenn's considerable upper body strength
prevented both men from going over the edge of a precipice. However,
the self-rescue caused Glenn's legs to snap in eight places, forcing
him to call off the attempt.
A Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Glenn is a past recipient
of a ski scholarship from the American National Sports Centre For
The Disabled. In 2001, he was a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Fellowship enabled him to undertake a voyage by sea kayak around
part of the Antarctic coastline. Glenn has also worked with Brunel
University's Research and Development Team to develop kayaking equipment
for fellow disabled explorers.
For more information or an interview email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For details of Glenn's expeditions (including downloadable images
for media use) visit www.glennshaw.com