Climber completes Everest trek

7th Nov 2012

A man from Norfolk has returned home after completing an epic Himalayan trek in memory of his grandparents.

Bruce Peck, from Aylmerton, Norfolk, raised more than £1,300 for the Alzheimer's Society after successfully finishing his gruelling 12-day slog to the Everest base camp at 5,365m.

The 29-year-old claimed the most frightening part of his trip was the light aircraft flight in to Kathmandu, Nepal, which had reportedly almost been vertical at one point on its descent.

"There was a monk in front of me and his knuckles turned white," Mr Peck said.

He said his Himalayan trek was inspired by his late grandfather, who passed away after suffering Alzheimer's.

"It was incredibly hard - the hardest thing I have ever done. Most days involved eight hours' walking. You know there's not much air up there and your breathing is heavy. I did acclimatise but I did have a bit of trouble with my asthma.

"The views are amazing. You look one way and think 'that's incredible' and then you turn 90 degrees and think 'Wow! That's even more amazing,'" he added.

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