Andy aims for the
top of the world
LISBURN man Andy Robinson is preparing
for the adventure of a lifetime as he sets off as part of an
11-strong team to scale the highest peak in the world - Mount
Andy, who graduated from Sheffield last year,
is joining the group as the team physiotherapist and will climb
over 7,000 metres to the North Col, providing vital support to
the team being led by Fermanagh man Neil Elliott.
With no real experience of climbing, and
certainly none of scaling such an epic mountain, Andy will have
a steep learning curve as he takes on the greatest challenge of
"I got involved through a friend who is on
the expedition," explained Andy, "who asked me to join at the
"I qualified as a physio last June and job
opportunities are scarce so I thought it would be good to do
something more constructive."
Andy has very little experience in climbing
but does a lot of hill walking, which is hopes will help him
with the Everest ascent.
"I do have a background in sport but I have
no experience in climbing. I mostly do hill walking and spend a
lot of time in the Mournes and doing alpine ascent," he
"Over the past few months I have been
learning rope skills and other skills I will need for the
Andy and the rest of the team are flying out
today (Friday) to Kathmandu ahead of the Everest ascent and, if
all goes well, they are expected back in the Province at the
beginning of May.
The team are hoping to use the opportunity to
celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh
Award Scheme as they stand on the summit of Mount Everest.
"It is quite a scary prospect," added Andy,
"it is going to be a big learning experience but luckily I will
have a good team around me."