An elite Irish adventurer aims to make history by becoming the first Irish person to scale Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen.
Ames McManus of Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, will embark on his grueling trek early next month to do what was once thought impossible in the world of extreme mountaineering.
Of the 6,098 people worldwide who have successfully scaled the world’s highest mountain, only 216 have done so without the use of supplemental oxygen.
Before the feat was first accomplished by elite mountaineers Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler in May 1978, most experts believed that the human body could not handle the low oxygen levels — about 30 percent of sea-level oxygen levels — near the summit of the mountain 8,850 m high Himalayan peak.
And veteran mountaineer Mr McManus – who runs Dublin-based adventure travel company Earth’s Edge – admitted that the upcoming Everest climb will be his toughest challenge yet.
The 39-year-old, who climbed Argentina’s Aconcagua, which at almost 7,000m is America’s highest peak last month, said: “Climbing Everest in itself is a very difficult thing, but that takes it to another level.
“This is the ultimate test of human endurance.”
“I’ve been working towards this moment my whole life and for the last two years I’ve been trying to take my fitness to a higher level to prepare for the physical and mental trials ahead.
“If I was climbing on supplemental oxygen, I would be warmer and move faster. But without oxygen, my body will deteriorate much faster and I have to be prepared for that.”
Accompanied by a Sherpa, McManus has given himself two months to complete his Everest mission, which should give him the extra time he needs to acclimate to the conditions and make the climb without supplemental oxygen .
He added: “It would be great to become the first Irishman to successfully climb Everest without supplemental oxygen, but I will use the ascent to raise awareness for the Sherpas and the people who work directly as tour guides in the Everest area are employed.
“There are tens of thousands of Sherpas, but many are not treated or paid properly. The industry needs to be regulated and these people need to be paid minimum wage.”
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