A FEARLESS climber is attempting to become the youngest person to conquer Mount Everest.
In April, 23-year-old Rupert Jones-Warner will undertake a dangerous and complex climb only 32 other people have completed.
The Chichester resident’s ascent will be up the south-east ridge, on the Nepalese side, and will mean a 30-mile ascent.
The gruelling challenge is expected to take Rupert almost 60 days – but it is all for a good cause.
He is hoping to raise £50,000 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
Rupert said he is passionate about supporting the only children’s hospice in Sussex as he feels his family would have greatly benefited from such a service when his brother was receiving treatment for a life-threatening heart defect as a child.
He added: ‘I am so pleased that my dream of climbing Everest is actually becoming a reality. It is amazing to be able to support a charity like Chestnut Tree House and it is great to have them help support me and make this dream come true.’
Once he has reached the summit, the hard work is not over as he will be faced with the descent down Everest’s Tibetan side via the north-east ridge.
Although the descent should take just three days it is the most dangerous part of the climb, with 80 per cent of fatalities occurring on the way down from the summit.
Linda Perry, director of children’s services at the hospice, said: ‘At Chestnut Tree House we are familiar with young people tackling the unimaginable. We help children and young people to make the most of their lives, however short.
‘Everyone at Chestnut Tree House jumped at the chance to be involved in supporting Rupert’s dream and endeavour.’
The climb is funded by Darwin Property Investment Management and Hoseasons.
To sponsor him go to everest2k15.com.