Standing on top of the world
Friday 14th June 2013, 3:00PM BST.
YOU do not conquer a mountain; it allows you to climb it – quite slowly, the first Guernsey resident to reach the top of Mount Everest has said.
Andrew May, 49, was speaking about his experience for the first time following his return to the island. He completed the infamous 8,848-metre climb on 19 May.
Mr May said standing on the top of Mount Everest really did feel like he was standing on top of the world. ‘You look down and all around you are summits of mountains that are all 8,000m high and you can see the curvature of the Earth,’ he said.
‘You’re on a plateaux and it’s a really pretty space to be.’
He said the mental challenge of climbing the mountain was the hard part. ‘You push yourself so far and then it’s no longer physical but a mental challenge. You make your body learn a whole new level of tiredness. It’s incredible what the body can do,’ he said.