Yesterday, we presented a cheque for £1000 from our metal recycling scheme to Fowles Funeral Services, who we had sponsored to climb Europe’s highest mountain, Mount Elbrus. The climb was in aid of The Joshua Tree, which is a charity based in Northwich, which supports families across the North-West living with the life changing experience of child hood cancer. The plan was to take a flag with his sponsor’s logos to the sumit. Dave Fowles had successfully climbed Mount Kiliman...jaro last year and was looking to take on a new challenge for 2018. During the expedition, Dave posted the following on Facebook:
“I climbed to High Base Camp at 3800m and enroute we crossed glaciers and climbed deep snow covered hills. I've never done these before and this was always a concern for me. At high camp I sat looking at people coming off the mountain and it worried me. Physically I was coping but on summit night the lack of Oxygen could cause me not to think straight and that could have disastrous consequences. We left high camp to return to base camp for the night (2400m) and had to cross another glacier with a 100ft drop all I could think about was my kids and was I willing to risk their future for the sake of 1300m to the summit. I feel like I've let people down and I'm sorry but both my head and my heart know that this was the correct decision. Thank you all for your support. Russia is an amazing place I’ve loved climbing her mountains and I have no other regret than that of letting people down. This time though the mountain won”.
Dave did however hand The Joshua Tree flag over to the rest of the team, who were to continue the journey with 360 Expeditions to ensure that the flag reached the sumit of Mount Elbrus. Dave certainly didn't let us down. He attempted something that non of us here in the office could and gave us the opportunity to help raise funds for The Joshua Tree. Thank You!