Injured soldier’s Everest challenge abandoned

Karl Hinett on Everest expedition
Karl Hinett was attempting to climb Everest with other injured servicemen Photo: Karl Hinett

A former soldier from Tipton who was climbing Mount Everest with other injured servicemen says he's disappointed that the expedition was abandoned.

Karl Hinett and his team were due to reach the top of the mountain by the end of the month but a huge ice collapse has crushed the section they were due to climb next.

Karl Hinett looking at an ice wall on his Everest expedition
Karl Hinett looking at an ice wall on his Everest expedition Credit: Karl Hinett

The soldier from Tipton was badly burned after his tank was petrol-bombed in Iraq in 2005.

Since then, he's devoted his life to raising money for the burns unit at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.

The Walking With The Wounded charity team were scheduled to tackle the Khumbu Icefall in Nepal at 2am this morning (9.15pm yesterday GMT) on their way up the mountain.

But their attempt to reach the peak of the world's highest mountain was called off yesterday because the task had been made "almost impossible".