Edinburgh’s Stephen Green summits Everest
We featured local lad Stephen Green last year when he was attempting to be one of the youngest Britons to ever summit Mount Everest.
Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond his control, he had to turn back a short distance from the top. Speaking with Stephen when he returned to Edinburgh it was obvious he was very disappointed, but glad to have returned from his trip safe and well.
Stephen has to be one of the most genuinely nice people who we’ve ever had the fortune to interview and is also extremely modest. After some probing on why the last attempt failed, it became apparent that it was a mix up in the oxygen tanks, leaving him with two empty ones when he needed them. It was this mistake by someone else that prevented him from summiting, but there were no hard feelings from Stephen, he said told us, “it was just one of those things”.
Tired and despondent he descended the mountain with his team mate Brendon but soon came across a collapsed Bangladeshi climber. The climber’s Sherpa was not able to help him on his own and this is where Stephen and Brendon noticed his oxygen tank was turned down low and had a hole in the pipe. Stephen gave him the rest of his own water to drink and power gels which gave him enough energy to return to his feet and be escorted down the mountain to safety.
26th May 2011
The 26th May 2011 is going to feature higly in Stephen’s memory as it was the day he stood on top of the world! There is some information on Adventure Peaks website but to say that he’s a determined young man in an understatement as his personal facebook status the other week said that he was in a Nepalese hospital suffering from altitude sickness.
He is recovering from his climb and promised to be back ‘online’ soon for an update. We’re glad he’s better at climbing mountains than he is keeping his social media sites updated! We hear a rumour that he managed to drive a golf ball off the summit – the highest golf shot ever?