Adventurer Ben Fogle completes Mount Everest climb

44-year-old dedicates ascent of 8,848-metre peak to stillborn son, Willem

Ben Fogle with Sherpas on Mount Everest. Photograph: Instagram

Adventurer Ben Fogle has made it to the summit of Mount Everest.

Fogle, 44, conquered the mountain on Wednesday, after revealing he had dedicated the challenge to his stillborn son.

News that Fogle had made it to the top came from Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton, who had been on the climb with Fogle but earlier this month was advised by doctors to cut the trip short due to struggling with oxygen deficiency.

She posted a picture of Fogle on Instagram, sending her congratulations.

Fogle’s ascent of the 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) mountain on the Nepal/Tibet border started in April.

He and Pendleton, along with mountaineer Kenton Cool, took on Everest for the British Red Cross in an attempt to highlight the environmental challenges mountains face.

The presenter recently said he was climbing in memory of his son, who was delivered stillborn in 2014.

The star said on Instagram: “There is one person in particular for whom this journey is dedicated. A little boy called Willem Fogle. He was my little son. Stillborn at eight months.

“A little boy I never got to know. A little life that never got to live. A breath that was never exhaled. His loss changed our lives and I think about him daily... Cradling little Willem to say goodbye, I made a promise to him to live my life brightly. To embrace every day. To always smile. To be positive and to inspire.”

SOURCE https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/16/adventurer-ben-fogle-completes-mount-everest-climb
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