TIBET Finding Your Feet
North Ridge Expedition
2018 7 April - 13 June
In 2017, I attempted to climb Everest in memory of my twin uncles - Patrick and Michael McGowan - who were both taken by cancer. I made the difficult decision to turn back at 7,900m as my energy levels were extremely low and I did not want to enter the ‘Death Zone’ above 8,000m where rescue is impossible - I wanted to be sure that I could get myself safely off the mountain and back to my family.
introduction I recently became the first Brit in twenty years to reach the technical summit of Mawenzi, the second highest summit on Kilimanjaro. I’ve now climbed four of the seven continental summits, and climbed to a maximum altitude of 7,900m on Everest’s North Ridge last year. I draw on my wide spectrum of life experience as a committed mountaineer, an ultra-endurance athlete, a humanitarian aid worker and a Polar Ambassador to motivate and inspire audiences with stories, images and video from my deployments with the Red Cross, completing the Marathon de Sables and my continuing attempt to become the first Brit to climb the Triple 7 Summits.
Sadly, one of my team-mates was badly injured after running out of oxygen at 7,500m and suffered multiple blood clots on his lung, became temporarily wind-blind and suffered severe frostbite. He was eventually rescued and helped down to basecamp by Sherpas, where I coordinated his medical treatment and his safe evacuation to hospital in Kathmandu. I shared my attempt via social media and I received a huge number of messages of support throughout. Although I turned back before the summit - thanks to the generosity of friends, family and supporters - I raised over £7,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Over the course of two months from 7 April to 13 June 2018, I will now make my second attempt to climb Mount Everest - the highest mountain on earth at 8,848m - via the North Ridge route in Tibet.
This expedition is the culmination of a lifelong dream to stand on the highest point on earth. If I succeed, I’ll become one of a handful of Brits who have climbed the world’s highest mountain and have completed the Marathon des Sables, know as the ‘toughest footrace on earth’. By attempting Everest for the second time, I’ll also raise funds for Finding Your Feet, a charity established by a friend’s sister - Corinne Hutton fell ill after suffering acute pneumonia and septicemia, and surgeons were forced to amputate both her hands and her legs below the knee. Following her near-fatal illness, Corinne defied the odds and the doctors and walked unaided on prosthetic legs within four months. Corinne now devotes her life to supporting others who face limb loss, by encouraging, mentoring, speaking, motivating and inspiring.
In April, I’ll travel from my home in Cambridge to Kathmandu, Nepal.
itinerary & route profile
From here I’ll travel overland through Tibet and finally reach Mount Everest basecamp, where the challenge will really begin. Over the course of six weeks I’ll acclimatise on the mountain; this involves travelling to high camps and back down to basecamp again. This process is essential to get my body used to the altitude and reduced levels of oxygen on the mountain. When the weather is stable enough and I’ve acclimatised fullly, I’ll make my summit attempt, leaving basecamp and spending up to seven days on the mountain fighting cold, altitude and physical and mental exhaustion to achieve my goal of standing at 8,848m on the top of the world The expedition is not ‘guided’, but has a team leader to coordinate all of the logistics and our movement on the mountain. We use yaks to move much of our equipment up to Advanced Basecamp at 6,400m. We employ group Sherpas to establish high camps and carry some of the group gear above ABC. Each team member will be provided with 5 or 6 bottles of oxygen for use above 7,000m.
route: north ridge
The north ridge was first attempted by a British team led by Mallory in 1921 â€“ they reached the North Col (7,003m). The second expedition in 1922 reached 8,320m before turning back, and was the first team to use supplemental oxygen. It was also on this expedition that the first deaths were reported when an avalanche killed seven Sherpas. The 1924 British expedition with Mallory and Irvine is most notable for the mystery of whether they summited or not. Hillary and Norgay summited for the first time from South in 1953. Overall, the north side of the mountain is more technically difficult than the south side and significantly colder and windier. However, there is no need to cross the Khumbu icefall that sits on the south side, which is inherently unstable.
climbing & camps
Advanced base camp: 6,492m – 6 hours (first time) Many teams use ABC as their primary camp during the acclimatisation period but it is quite high. This area can still be void of snow but offers a stunning view directly at the North Col. It is a harsh environment and a long walk (22km) back to the relative comfort of base camp or Tibetan villages. At ABC, we’ll rest and take time to review our equipment, safety procedures, climbing techniques, cooking and camping methods, and working to form ourselves into a more cohesive team.
Base camp: 5,182m Located on a gravel area near the Rongbuk Monastery, this is the end of the road. All vehicle assisted evacuations start here. There are no helicopter rescues or evacuations on the north side or for any mountain in Tibet. The drive follows a dirt road along the Rongbuk Valley and has spectacular views of the Himalaya. We will spend a day resting, acclimatising, and organizing equipment into Yak loads. Interim Camp: 6,187m - 5 to 6 hours (first time) Used on the first trek to ABC during the acclimatization process, this is a spot where a few tents are placed. Usually this area is lightly snow covered or none at all. We spend two days moving up to the “interim camp”. There are limited clean water sources so sickness is common.
North Col or C1: 7000m – 4 to 6 hours (first time) Leaving Camp 1, we reach the East Rongbuk Glacier and put on crampons for the first time. After a short walk, we clip into the fixed line set by the Sherpas and and climb from ABC to the North Col steadily gains altitude with one steep section of 60 degrees that will feel vertical. We may use ascenders on the fixed rope. Rappelling or arm-wrap techniques are used to descend this steep section.
We’ll spend several nights at the Col during the expedition. Over the following weeks, we’ll climb up and down the mountain, establishing camps, and building our acclimatisation and strength levels. We’ll also descend to basecamp several times in order to rest. Following this careful acclimatisation schedule will give us the best chance to ascend in safety and maximise our opportunity to reach the summit during the few weather windows that open in May.
Camp 2: 7,900m – 7 hours. Mostly a steep and snowy ridge climb that turns to rock. High winds are sometimes a problem making this a cold climb. I turned back here in 2017.
Camp 3: 8300m – 4 to 6 hours. The ridge is steep, rocky and exposed. Tents are perched on rock ledges and are often pummeled with strong winds. From here we make our final summit push. Summit bid. We first make our way through three rock bands known as the first, third steps.The first step is only about 3 metres located at 8,500 metres. The second is located just above the first step and is about 50 metres. The third and final step of 20 metres is slightly further up from the second at 8,800 metres Step 2 is exceptionally difficult to cross, even with an aluminum ladder placed by a Chinese team in 1975. After surmounting the 3rd Step, we ascend the final summit slopes (50 to 60 degrees) to the top.
When Corinne Hutton fell ill in June 2013 after suffering acute pneumonia and septicemia, surgeons were forced to amputate both her hands and her legs below the knee. Following her near-fatal illness, Corinne made remarkably swift progress, defying the odds and the doctors, walking unaided on prosthetic legs within four months. Corinne now devotes her life to supporting others who face limb loss - immediately following her illness, Corinne set up Finding Your Feet to support families affected by amputation or limb difference, through a range of sporting initiatives and social inclusion projects
Isolation is a huge problem for many amputees. It has been proven that quality of life and even life expectancy is greatly reduced without social inclusion, with as many as 30% not surviving to one year post amputation. FYF are key in addressing this issue. They are directly saving lives! They run over 50 clubs per month in Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Leeds. These include swimming, skiing, climbing, gardening, crafting, pilates, fitness and their most popular ‘Ampu-teas’ session where their ‘Troopers’ meet up for a coffee and chat. They have a Tui Na Chinese medical massage therapist and an in-house Counsellor who sees their Troopers for 1:1 appointments as well as group Mindfulness sessions. They provide additional support for Troopers who aren’t ready or able to leave their hospital or home and they have an online support forum which offers peer support for amputees around the UK and beyond. I played rugby for several seasons at Glasgow Hawks with Cor’s younger brother Scott, who is now a partner in a top international legal company based in Dubai. Her older brother Davy is a property entrepreneur and owner of Quicksale Property and an important sponsor on my first attempt to climb Everest last year. Both Scott and Davy are trustess of Finding Your Feet.
I am determined - with your support - to raise as much as possible to support their amazing work
Rickyâ€™s expeditions have have been covered in the traditional & outdoor media worldwide, including in the UK, Canada, Australia & Indonesia. He has inspired and engaged audiences through coverage by BBC Radio, Radio France Internationale, The Times, The Independent, The Herald, The Scotsman, Outer Edge Magazine, Wide World Magazine, Trek & Mountain, Get Out There, CA Magazine and many others. He was interviewed live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire twice in 2017 and achieved signifcant coverage for his Everest expedition in The Times, the Daily Record and Trek & Mountain magazine. Most recently, he was featured on the front cover of Trek & Mountain magazine and his Triple 7 Summits project was profiled inside.
reach & engagement
His Everest updates achieved up to 500 likes, 226 comments & 46 shares each. His Triple 7 Summits Facebook page has 1,700+ followers
700+ follwers and recent Everest updates have had over 6,000 views each
Over 2,400 followers & growing rapidly
His Carstensz Pyramid Expedition film has had 95,000 views to date
CA magazine profile
CA magazine profile & cover shot
Trek & Mountain: cover shot & profile
Ricky draws on his wide spectrum of life experience as a committed mountaineer, ultra-endurance athlete, humanitarian aid worker and executive leader to motivate and inspire audiences with stories, images and video from his deployments with the Red Cross, completing the Marathon de Sables and his attempt to become the first Brit to climb the Triple 7 Summits. He’s also a registered STEM Ambassador and Polar Ambassador working with primary schools as part of the Government’s Polar Explorer Programme to raise STEM aspirations in underachieving schools. Ricky finds personal inspiration from sharing his extraordinary life experiences with pupils and business audiences. In the last 6 months, he has delivered 16 inspirational talks to over 3,000 people.
public speaking “It was a fantastic evening and a huge thank you for speaking. Everyone was raving about you.” President, Glasgow Academical Club
“You were a delight to work with and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing your story” - Director, Member Engagement, ICAS “I thought your talk was so fascinating. I thought the flow and content were just right. You kept me gripped and entertained all the way through.” - Financial Accountant, UK Shared Business Services “Your presentation was inspirational and a perfect fit for our event, and I’ve received a huge amount of positive feedback on your presentation.” - Head of Site Operations, ScottishPower Renewables “Thank you so much for an awe-inspiring assembly; it was fantastic to actually see pupils’ jawdropping expressions! The questions continued long into the day as they processed the amazing experiences that you shared with them.” - Assistant Principal and KS2 Leader, Dashwood Banbury Academy “Thank you so much for the insightful and truly inspirational assembly. There really was a buzz around the place afterwards and all of the staff have said how well delivered itwas.” - Year 6 Teacher, Harriers Banbury Academy “Your narrative was compelling and your conversational delivery made for an easy listen” – Depute Rector, Morrison’s Academy
sponsorship packages Sponsor Benefits
Level Value Number
Equipment Sponsor £1,000 10
Announced as equipment sponsor on all social media channels
Framed summit photo (unsigned)
1 organic social media post per week specifically mentioning your organisation on build up to expedition (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) Choose which equipment you want to sponsor: 1) down suit 2) mountaineering boots 3) shell clothing layers 4) insulated clothing (mitts, gloves, midlayers) 5) satellite communication 6) audiovisual (GoPro, compact camera, solar panel, storage) 7) flight & travel 8) insurance 9) safety equipment (oxygen mask, ice axe, harness) 10) sleeping system (-‐40C bag & mattresses)
Base Camp Sponsor £2,000 5
Inspirational talk: Ricky will visit your premises to deliver an illustrated inspirational talk to a group of your choice.
Climbing Sponsor £3,000 4
Inspirational talk: Ricky will visit your premises to deliver one inspirational talk to a group of your choice and to spend time with your teams at lunch/dinner AND Ricky will deliver a talk to a school/club of your choice
Announced as base camp sponsor on Company logo featured (3" x 3") on all social media channels summit clothing (right and left arm)
Signed, framed summit photo
2 x organic social media posts per week specifically mentioning your organisation on build up to expedition (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) 1 x organic social media posts per month in 12 months following expedition (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) Logo displayed in weekly email distribution before expedition
Announced as climbing sponsor on all social media channels
Company logo on all expedition press releases
8,000m sponsor £7,500 2
Inspirational talks: Ricky will visit your premises to deliver two inspirational talks to groups of your choice and to spend time with your teams at lunch/dinner AND Ricky will deliver a talk to a school/club of your choice
Summit Sponsor £12,500 1
Exclusive expedition naming rights. Company Name featured in all social media posts prior to expedition
Company logo featured (3" x 3") on summit clothing Ricky to act as Brand Ambassador before, during and (right chest, left knee) after expedition (to 31 May 2019)
Corporate Flag & Logo carried to summit of Everest (10" x 14"). 5 x signed, framed prints provided in addition to high-‐resolution digital image
Mentioned in all PR & media activity
1 x 1/2 day visit: Ricky will visit your premises to deliver inspirational presentations/workshop to a group of staff. To include themes of your choice, including Goal-‐setting, Teamwork, Leadership and Risk Management AND: Ricky will deliver two talks about the expedition for schools/clubs/societies/stakeholders at a time, date and venue of your choosing
Company logo displayed at all speaking Company logo displayed prominently all speaking engagements following expedition engagements following expedition
Corporate Flag & Logo carried to summit of Everest (10" x 14"). 5 x signed, framed prints provided in addition to high-‐resolution digital image.
3 x Signed, framed summit photos with 5 x Signed, framed summit photos with company company banner banner
Company logo featured prominently (4" x 4") on summit clothing (left chest, right knee) & selection of other clothing
3 x organic social media posts per week specifically mentioning your 5 organic social media posts per week specifically organisation on build up to expedition mentioning your organisation on build up to (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) expedition (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) 2 x organic social media posts per 3 x organic social media posts per month in 12 month in 12 months following months following expedition (Facebook, Twitter, expedition (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) LinkedIn) Logo displayed in weekly email distribution before Logo displayed in weekly email distribution before expedition and for 1 expedition and monthly for 2 months following month following expedition expedition
Free and joint use of all photo and video content taken by Ricky on Everest to use in your own marketing and publicity material
Main focus for PR & media activity -‐ your logo displayed in all media appearances Satellite phone call from summit, subject to weather conditions and technical feasibility Exclusive short video thank you message from summit (2 minutes max) Company logo featured on all slides on all speaking engagements up to 12 months after expedition 1 x organic social media posts per week in 12 months following expedition (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) Logo displayed prominently in weekly email distribution before expedition and monthly for 3 months following expedition Logo displayed on Ricky's Everest JustGiving page, raising funds for Finding Your Feet
Sponsorship: Branding Options
Climbing Everest captivates the imagination and has tremendous public appeal. Sponsoring this expedition provides a fantastic opportunity to benefit from the associated publicity around my climb, while presenting a unique chance to engage staff, clients and stakeholders in the process. I invite corporate sponsors to share my journey as I aim for the top of the world.
Sponsorship packages available are detailed on the previous page: > Equipment - £1,000 > Base Camp - £2,000 > Climbing - £3,500 > 8,000m - £7,500 > Summit - £12,500 Summit clothing branding options are illustrated to the left and are available in the Climbing, 8,000m and Summit packages. Confirmed sponsors so far include:
In-Country Logistics £24,000 (including permit, group equipment, base camp cook, meals & drinks, overland transport, accommodation, yak transport, tents, stoves etc.)
Flights & excess baggage
Oxygen £2,500 Equipment £2,000 Satcomms £1,000 Insurance £1,500 Public Relations
Miscellaneous (tips etc.)
MOUNTAINEERING BOOTS: triple boots BOOTIES: Synthetic or down fill booties TRAINERS / SANDALS GAITERS SKI POLES: Adjustable poles BASE LAYER TOP: (1 or 2 sets) Synthetic or Merino options. LIGHT FLEECE TOP: 100 weight, Powerstretch fleece or similar PRIMALOFT JACKET: to fit over shell SHELL JACKET: Tlarge enough to go over two base layers. EXPEDITION PARKA (WITH HOOD): Down - 600-800 fill power DOWN SUIT: full body expedition suit VEST: Fleece, puffy or down vest adds warmth T-SHIRT or SUN SHIRT BASE LAYER BOTTOMS: Merino wool or synthetic bottoms SOFT SHELL PANTS: e.g. Schoeller SHELL PANTS: fully separating side-zips a INSULATED PANTS: synthetic/down pants can be layered over shell pants REGULAR UNDERWEAR: 2-4 changes SOCKS: 2 - 3 sets of wool or synthetic LIGHT GLOVES: (1 – 2 pair) soft shell gloves INSULATED GLOVES: Warm, insulated gloves are crucial. SUMMIT MITTENS: Warm as possible WARM HAT: One medium weight, warm hat BUFF + SUN HAT: HAND WARMERS: 3+ sets for summit day GLACIER GLASSES: with side protection and 100% UVA and UVB SKI GOGGLES: required for adverse weather EXPEDITION PACK: 60-70 litres LARGE ZIPPERED DUFFELS x 2: 70 - 100L for transporting personal gear EXPEDITION SLEEPING BAG: rated to -40 degrees C (down is preferred) COMPRESSION STUFF SACKS SLEEPING PADS: one closed cell pad + one inflatable pad ICE AXE (with leash): 65 cm length CRAMPONS: 10 or 12-point mountaineering crampons HARNESS: with adjustable leg loops. CARABINERS CLIMBING HELMET HEAD TORCH SATCOMMS CAMERA & AV KIT
Curriculum Vitae BSc (Hons) Physiology & Sport Science Chartered Accountant - The CA qualification is a prestigious and internationally respected qualification that demonstarates Rickyâ€™s knowledge, skills and values as a highly regarded business professional
Contact Email: email@example.com Phone: +44 (0) 7867 143 657
Former Head of Corporate Services, British Antarctic Survey - Ricky led a team of 50 finance, HR and science support professionals, was a member of the BAS Executive Team, chaired the BAS Management Team and was a member of the Major Projects Portfolio Board
Mentor, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland - The ICAS One Young CA contest identifies rising stars of the profession - emerging leaders; CAs who shine; CAs with a real entrepreneurial spirit, as well as innovators and technology adopters; CAs who are passionate about making the world a better place and who are leading and inspiring others. As an experienced and successful ICAS member, Ricky was selected to mentor a category winner in the annual ICAS One Young CA competition.
Polar Ambassador | STEM Ambassador - STEM Ambassadors volunteer their time, enthusiasm and experiences to encourage and inspire young people to achieve more and progress further in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Ricky also provides support to three schools to improve progression in STEM subjects for 7-11 year olds as part of the Polar Explorer Programme Churchill Fellow - Each year more than 100 Fellowships are awarded for a wide range of projects, providing a unique opportunity for UK citizens to travel overseas to bring back fresh ideas and new solutions to todayâ€™s issues, for the benefit of others in the UK. Ricky became a Fellow in 2010 as leader of the Australasia 3 Peaks Glacier Expedition
My official expedition brochure for my second attempt to climb the North Ridge of Everest in Tibet from 7 April to 13 June 2017, to raise fu...
Published on Mar 8, 2018
My official expedition brochure for my second attempt to climb the North Ridge of Everest in Tibet from 7 April to 13 June 2017, to raise fu...