Noel makes new
attempt to climb Everest
DROMARA man Noel Hanna is scaling new heights
as he prepares to climb the highest mountain in the world -
the bottom of the climb
to North Col.
Noel and his team left for their mountainous
adventure at the beginning of April and, if all goes well, they
are hoping to reach the 29035ft summit within the next three
Last year Noel and his wife Lynne attempted to
reach the formidable summit to raise money for charity.
Unfortunately they had to abandon their attempt at 24000ft when
Noel lost his sight due to retinal haemorrhaging. Now, with his
eyesight restored, Noel decided to return to the mountain and
fulfil his dream of scaling its mighty heights.
Noel has also been logging onto his web-site
every couple of days to keep everyone updated on his progress so
Writing on Sunday April 30, Noel said: "I
have arrived safely back down to Base Camp after spending last
night at North Col.
"It was a restless night with strong winds
and heavy snow shaking the tent all night. Even opening the tent
zip to get in and out everything was white inside.
"I was hoping to take some pictures this
morning before I left North Col but with the strong winds and
heavy snow I did not want to take my gloves off.
"I will rest at Base Camp for three or four
nights then return to IBC for one night and onto ABC for two
"If everything goes to plan I will then climb
to North Col for two nights and try to push to 7500/7700m for
Noel's wife, Lynne, has been keeping in touch
with her husband and has said that he is doing well and looking
forward to completing his hefty task.
"He was very determined to return to the
mountain and did so last month," explained Lynne. "So far he has
been fine and his eyes have held out ok.
"He is now reaching a crucial stage from
7300m to 8848m, which is the summit, and he will do this in
"He is hoping to reach the summit around May
21 and I will hopefully hear from him as soon as he makes it."