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Dad-to-be reveals baby news... on Everest summit

Gethin Davies on the summit of Everest with a picture of his baby scan Photo: Gethin Davies

Gethin Davies was already sky high after becoming the first Welsh army officer to scale Mount Everest.

But for Captain Davies' proud friends and family, there was even more good news to come: he chose the moment to announce to world that he and his wife were expecting their first child.

Gethin, from Port Talbot, completed his ascent of the world's tallest peak on May 23rd.

After taking a moment to enjoy the view, he posed for a photo with a scan of the baby he and his wife are expecting.

The 28 year old described it as 'an awesome way to announce the pregnancy.'

Gethin became the first Welsh army officer to scale Everest Credit: Gethin Davies

Capt. Davies told ITV Wales that his team had reached the summit on their second attempt, despite losing 2 of their 6 man party to illness.

He said they managed to avoid queues on the final ascent by setting off for their final push during the night, but still saw dead bodies en route and climbers being rescued.

Although our team were extremely successful, a lot of people were injured and killed in one of Everest’s worst seasons. We assisted in giving aid to a number of climbers, mainly from India and China, who were completely out of their depth

Nothing however prepares you for the horrors of seeing so many dead bodies; there are five right on the route to the summit and more in the wider area. It is a tragic waste of life, which could be avoided if both inexperienced climbers and operators truly understood the risks.

– Gethin Davies
Gethin and his party spent two months climbing Everest Credit: Gethin Davies

It's claimed at least 10 people have died climbing Everest this season. A record 381 permits have been issued by the Nepalese government.

Gethin, a serving soldier and experienced climber, took two months to climb Everest with his team.

Despite managing to avoid most the large commercial operations on the mountain, he hopes the authorities will do more to avoid overcrowding - and fatalities - in future seasons.

Nepal needs to restrict numbers of climbers on the mountain; it was extremely difficult to plan our climbing to avoid meeting large groups and crowds. Culturally, people need to understand that if you wish to take on such an extreme challenge you need lots of experience. Most of the deaths and injuries we saw were a result of a lack of knowledge, people seeking glory for all the wrong reasons.

– Gethin Davies