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Former soldier from Tipton to take on Everest

Karl Hinett at home Photo: ITV Central

A former soldier from Tipton who survived horrific burns in Iraq is about to embark on a world record attempt on the world's highest mountain.

Karl Hinett is part of a group of injured servicemen who are climbing Mount Everest.

He suffered 37% burns when his tank was petrol-bombed in Iraq in September 2005. Karl spent 11 days in a coma and had multiple skin grafts at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham.

Last year he ran a marathon every week to raise money for the hospital’s burns unit and now he’s fundraising for the charity ‘Walking the wounded’ which raises money to re-skill and re-train injured servicemen and women from the British Armed Forces.

Karl told ITV Central: “They are are a great bunch of lads, sticking together and helping each other. It’s going to be ten weeks hard work but the mountain’s only so high.”

Climbing Everest is considered one of the toughest challenges in adventure exploration and the climbers will be required to overcome a number of obstacles along the way including; altitude sickness, immense fatigue and unpredictable climbing conditions.

The team will depart the UK on March 31st and after a rigorous 2.5 week acclimatisation trek they will reach Everest 'Base Camp'.

Here they will undertake a six week acclimatisation period, where the team will climb multiple local peaks in order to prepare for the summit.

Finally in honour of Her Majesty Diamond Jubilee, the expedition team will summit Mount Everest and become the first team of wounded servicemen to reach the highest point in the world.

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