In May 2022, a group of lifelong friends from Wirral will retrace the famous steps of George Mallory in a centenary celebration of the 1922 British Mount Everest expedition.
As part of the Tri4Life team, the group has completed a number of incredible challenges over the last twenty years; from biking across America to swimming the English channel, raising thousands of pounds for charity along the way.
The 2022 Everest expedition will be the team’s most ambitious adventure yet as they attempt to scale the highest peak in the world, following the same route Mallory took nearly 100 years ago.
The team are honouring the pioneering achievements of Mallory and his fellow mountaineer, Andrew ‘Sandy’ Irvine, and their connection to Wirral, where they both lived as children.
Through the challenge, the Tri4Life team are hoping to raise vital funds for three of their chosen charities: Community Action Nepal (CAN), the Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) Charitable Fund and the Countess of Chester Hospital Charitable Fund. To donate in support of Tri4Life’s Everest expedition, visit: https://tinyurl.com/4m8nvhc3
Each team member is taking part in a rigorous three-year training programme, under the guidance of Adventure Peaks in Ambleside, to acquire the necessary climbing skills, expertise and physical fitness to complete the challenge.
As part of this preparation, the team will be travelling to Nepal next month to undertake training climbs in the Himalayas and put their high-altitude training to the test.
Margaret Greenwood, MP for Wirral West, met with the Tri4Life team recently ahead of their preparatory trip to Nepal. Liam Hanlon, founder of Tri4Life, said, “We are really excited about the next phase of the challenge in taking the knowledge, skills and equipment we have to a new level.
“How our bodies respond to the extreme altitude in the Himalayas will determine our decision to attempt mount Everest in May 2022.
“We have worked so hard as a team over the past three years to prepare for this historic centenary challenge and we hope this trip is successful so that we can continue to support the communities and charities that will benefit from our endeavour.”
Margaret Greenwood MP said, “It was so inspiring to speak to Liam and the Tri4Life team about their plans to climb Mount Everest next year.
“Climbing the highest mountain in the world must demand incredible levels of commitment, fitness and strength.
“I was very impressed by the extraordinary training programme that they have undertaken in preparation for the challenge.
“The group has achieved so much over the years, united by a sense of adventure and a desire to give back.
“I wish the brilliant Tri4Life team the very best of luck on their trip to Nepal next month and in their endeavour to reach the summit of Everest in 2022.”
For updates and information on Tri4Life’s Everest expedition, visit the team’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Tri4LifeEverest2022
Main image: Margaret Greenwood MP with members of the Tri4Life team (from left) Jon Fairhurst, Liam Hanlon, Phil Walton, Steve Hayes, Martin Pritchard Howarth and Dave Walton.