A team of British soldiers are being put through their paces by sport scientists at Leeds Beckett University as they prepare to attempt to climb the North Face of Everest.
A team of six regular and reserves serving soldiers, along with their team medic, will depart from the UK in April to attempt the feat.
As part of their preparations for the conditions that they will face, they are taking part in a research study led by Leeds Beckett PhD student, Mark Cooke, and supervised by Dr John O'Hara, Reader in Sport and Exercise Physiology, and Visiting Professor Lt. Col. David Woods.
The University experts are putting the team through a pre-acclimation protocol, allowing the expedition team to experience and acclimatise to the physiological challenges of climbing at a high altitude.
The aim of the research is to enhance the likelihood of the team reaching the top of Mount Everest.
During the training, the Army team are spending prolonged periods of time each day in the University's environmental chamber, which simulates high altitude conditions through the manipulation of the fraction of inspired oxygen at sea level.
The scientists will be testing the team both before and after the training to measure effectiveness of the pre-acclimation protocol, as well as assessing the effectiveness of the training on the expedition.
It is reported that the Ministry of Defence tried to cover up how much tax payers' money was used to have members of the armed forces attend the funeral of disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
Fifteen troops were sent to attend the funeral in November 2011 at a cost of £1,647.11, but when a Freedom of Information request was submitted to the Ministry of Defence to find out the cost, officials said there was "no information".
An internal investigation revealed that officials had breached the Freedom of Information Act by refusing to disclose the details.
Around 400 people have marched from link to RAF Waddington against a new fleet of armed drones being based in the UK for the first time.
The drones, which were previously operated from a United States Air Force base in Nevada, are used to support ground troops in Afghanistan.
Chris Nineham, from the Stop the War Coalition, believes armed drones are fundamentally wrong, and he will campaign until the technology is banned.
Hundreds of peace campaigners have started marching from Lincoln to RAF Waddington, in protest of a new fleet of armed drones being based in the UK for the first time.
The RAF began remotely operating its Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles earlier this week from the airbase in Lincolnshire.
Previously operated from a United States Air Force base in Nevada, the aircraft are used to support coalition ground forces in Afghanistan.
Members of the Stop The War Coalition, CND, The Drone Campaign Network and War on Want are estimated to walk the four mile route in around two hours.
Hundreds of protesters are due to start marching from Lincoln to RAF Waddington against the use of armed drone aircraft.
It's the first time the Ministry of Defence has based the spy planes in the UK, which will be deployed over Afghanistan.
Today's march will start at South Park, down the A15 Cross O'Cliff hill and down Grantham Road to a Peace camp set up outside the airbase.
Lincolnshire Police will be live tweeting details of road closures during today's protest march over armed drone planes being based at RAF Waddington.
Hundreds are expected to walk from South Park in Lincoln to the base. It's the first time the RAF has based the crewless aircraft in the UK.
The new aircraft, known as 13 Squadron, which were officially "stood up" in October, started flying missions over Afghanistan this week from their base in Lincolnshire.
The hi-tech Reaper drones are primarily used to gather intelligence on enemy activity on the ground, but they also carry 500lb bombs and Hellfire missiles for precision strikes on insurgents.
An MoD spokesman said they had been carrying out missions including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, but would not comment on exactly what individual missions had been flown in the past week by drones piloted from the UK.
A Ministry of Defence decision to base drones in the UK for the first time has been met with hostility by protesters. The spy planes are now based at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.
Several protest groups will be marching against the decision by walking from Lincoln station to the main gate at RAF Waddington today.
Ahead of a planned protest outside an RAF base today against the UK's use of armed drones in Afghanistan, War on Want senior campaigns officer Rafeef Ziadah said: