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Monday 09 May 2016

ShelterBox on top of the world - intrepid Brian Jackson almost completes his unclimbed Himalayan peaks adventure – beaten back by glacier and weather
ShelterBox on top of the world - intrepid Brian Jackson almost completes his unclimbed Himalayan peaks adventure – beaten back by glacier and weather


ShelterBox fundraiser Brian Jackson may have fallen just short of standing on the summit of Om Tso Go in Nepal, but he still ‘got to walk where no person has walked before and see views no person has seen before’.

Another famous trek once promised to ‘boldly go where no man has gone before’. Someone who is taking that enterprising and pioneering spirit to heart is Brian Jackson, who last month set out to climb the previously unconquered peak of Om Tso Go in Nepal.

His progress every step of the way was followed online by supporters and colleagues, and by his nominated charity, ShelterBox, the Cornwall-based disaster relief agency that provides tents and vital equipment to families engulfed by disaster. Brian aims to raise over £6,000 for the charity, having been impressed by their work in Nepal since the deadly earthquakes just over a year ago.

Sadly, although he and his colleague came close to the 6,332 metre summit of Om Tso Go, the final trek from their base camp was thwarted. Brian wrote, Weather and a bad glacier stopped us from getting much further than our Base Camp, but we still got to walk where no person has walked before and see views no person has seen before.’ He sent photos to ShelterBox arguably the highest altitude ShelterBox T Shirt wearer ever!

Undaunted, he next plans an assent of another unclimbed peak, the 6,326 metre Langdung, also near the Nepal / Tibet border. He will tackle this next challenge in November, taking a party of thirteen fellow adventurers. This will also be to benefit ShelterBox, and people can donate via Brian’s JustGiving page.

Brian Jackson is director of Expedition Wise, a Wrexham-based business that organises challenges and overseas expeditions for charities, companies and individuals. An avid mountaineer and traveller, with adventures in Kenya, Argentina, Peru, Norway and China already under his belt, Brian has travelled and climbed extensively throughout Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

Brian is gradually ticking off a list of previously unclimbed mountains, having already reached the summits of Nepal’s Chhubohe (pronounced Chub Chay) and Nar Phu. He was also expedition leader for the Manchester United Foundation Kilimanjaro trek that included Bryan Robson and Kevin Moran, as well as the Investec Ashes Cycle Challenge in 2013 and 2015 featuring cricketers Mike Gatting and Allan Lamb.

Brian aims to record his November trek and climb up Langdung. He says, ‘We will be making a film of this, and of the changes in Nepal since the earthquakes. The region we are trekking through to get to these unclimbed peaks is the Rolwaling valley where the epicentre of the second large earthquake hit in May 2015.’    

Brian is also an accredited Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician and a Rescue Emergency Care Instructor.

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