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Everest mission abandoned

A team of injured soldiers, including one veteran from Tadcaster, attempting to

climb Mount Everest has been forced to halt the challenge because of safety fears.

A Walking With The Wounded spokesman said unseasonably warm conditions meant that it was not safe for the group to continue, with an increased number of avalanches and falling ice hampering their efforts.

We spoke via an internet link to Captain David Wiseman, 29, from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, who was taking part.

Mountaineer tackles Everest

Matthew Dieumgard-Thornton

A young mountaineer from Lincolnshire who is aiming to become one of the youngest British climbers to reach the top of Mount Everest has now made it to the base camp. It will now take Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton from Sleaford several more weeks to reach the summit.


Half-way to the top of the world

Captain David Wiseman Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Injured North Yorkshire soldier Captain David Wiseman and the rest of the Walking With The Wounded expedition have climbed to an altitude of more than 4,000m on their way to Mount Everest Base Camp. Six days into their 10-day hike, the team will attempt to reach the 8,848m

summit of the world's highest mountain in May. David from Tadcaster who was shot in the chest in Afghanistan three years ago will carry the taliban bullet that almost killed him all the way to the top. He hasn't really got much choice because it's still inside him

Charity challenge

Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton will attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest to help raise awareness of global environmental and sustainability issues and to commemorate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The 21 year old from Sleaford wants to raise money for the charity Global Angels to provide water for disadvantaged children and their communities for the next 20 years. As an ambassador of Climate Unchange he also wants to highlight the continuing fight against "environmental irresponsibility".

He will start his attempt on the 8848 metre summit in mid-April and the challenge is scheduled to take 70 days. It will follow the south-eastern route taken by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953 when he became the first man to reach the top of Mount Everest, three days before Queen Elizabeth's coronation.

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