Harborough adventurer Julian Evans hopes to be on top of the world this spring.
Julian (44), who lives in Great Easton, about 10 miles north-east of Market Harborough, plans to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.
He will be climbing the challenging mountain’s North Col, the 7,020m sharp-edged pass carved by glaciers in the ridge connecting Mount Everest and Changtse in Tibet. Everest’s total height is 8,848m above sea level.
“It’s about testing yourself” Julian told the Mail. “It’s about seeing if you have got the physical ability, the mental ability to reach that summit.”
If successful, he will tick off another of the ‘True Adventurer’s Grand Slam’, a challenge which involves reaching the North and South Poles and climbing the highest mountains in all seven continents.
So far only 15 people in the world have achieved it.
The Everest test should also raise £50,000 for two charities that are close to his heart - baby charity Bliss and The Matt Hampson Foundation, which helps people with severe spinal injuries.
Julian, who works as head of Healthcare and Hotels at property consultants Knight Frank in London, said: “I have always enjoyed endurance events and expeditions.
“It’s both incredibly satisfying and a great adventure to conquer some of the world’s greatest exploration challenges, whilst raising money for valuable causes.”
He said Bliss and The Matt Hampson Foundation were two charities that carry out “fantastic work”.
“I can’t wait to fund-raise in their honour whilst getting one step closer to my personal mission to complete the True Adventurer’s Grand Slam.”
And Julian aims to combine adventure and work on his Everest expedition.
He plans to host a live feed from Everest Advanced Base Camp for Knight Frank’s annual Specialist Property Breakfast at Claridge’s on April 27!