Wheelchair Explorer Glenn Shaw Sets Out For Mount Everest
25.04.2003. London. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first
ascent of Everest, disabled explorer Glenn Shaw is preparing to
set out for the slopes of the world's highest mountain.
Glenn and his team are aiming to reach Base Camp at an altitude
of 17,000ft (5200m) on the north side of Everest on May 29th 2003
- exactly 50 years to the day since Hillary and Tenzing reached
Glenn has a medical condition that is 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 explorer, and
treats his physical disability as simply one more obstacle to overcome.
Glenn's first expedition to reach Mount Everest in 1997 ended in
near-disaster when Glenn and a Sherpa slipped and fell at an altitude
of 13,000 feet (3900m). Only Glenn's considerable upper body strength
prevented both men from going over the edge of a precipice. However,
during the self-rescue Glenn broke his legs in eight places which
forced him to abandon his first attempt to reach his favourite mountain.
Undaunted, Glenn is now making final preparations for his second
"I feel that my expedition is a fitting tribute to Hillary
and Tenzing during the 50th anniversary celebrations," explained
Glenn. "I won't get to the top of Everest, but this will be
my personal summit."
Glenn and his team will be setting out for Everest on May 13th.
After arriving in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, the expedition
will fly past Everest on their way to the historic city of Lhasa
in Tibet. They will then travel overland to the Buddhist monastery
at Rongbuk, which was visited by all the British Everest expeditions
of the 1920s and 30s. After receiving a blessing from the resident
monks, Glenn will attempt to wheel himself to Base Camp in a unique
Swiss-built 'Everest Wheelchair' which has been constructed by Invacare/Küschall
to Glenn's specifications.
The Glenn Shaw Mount Everest Expedition 2003 will be celebrating
the European Year of People with Disabilities 2003. In addition,
the team are aiming to raise funds and awareness to support The
Backup Trust, a national charity which helps those paralysed through
spinal injury pursue an active life.
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 awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial
Trust Fellowship, which 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.
Glenn Shaw 07880 507263, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steven Day 07931 777777, email: email@example.com
Notes: See www.glennshaw.com
for high resolution photography, biography, sponsors and details
of the expedition.