Mountaineer Timothy Oakes was on the trip of a lifetime with an old school friend when he died in a plane crash in Nepal, his tearful wife said.
Angie Gaunt, speaking from the family home in the Cheshire village of Winwick, said her husband worked in education and had one daughter.
"Tim was a mountaineer. He lived life to the full and died doing something he always wanted to do," Mrs Gaunt said.
"He was with a very close friend, a friend he went to school with. He was with a tour company he held in very high esteem."
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