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Local Mountaineers 'Beaming' after reaching Island Peak Summit

Date: 16 November 2016

Local Mountaineers 'Beaming' after reaching Island Peak Summit

Climbing in the Mount Everest region of Nepal is quite possibly up there as one of the most dangerous and challenging physical feats in the world today.

It was with a great sense of pride and achievement that three Magherafelt men were able to climb 'Island Peak' in the Everest mountain region and raise over £10,000 for charity.

Eoin McKee, Mark Scullion and Fergal Hegarty braved the elements and spent 15 gruelling days in sub-zero temperatures to raise money for Charis Cancer Care and NW Mountain Rescue.

Local Sharpa guides helped the men safely through treacherous weather conditions with poor visibility, which made a normally gruelling climb even more challenging.

Battling through severe exhaustion, frostbite, low oxygen levels and altitude sickness, the trio finally reached the dizzy height of 20,305ft!  At one point some of the team resorted to licking Mars bars for energy, as digestion was difficult and energy levels were so low!

Beam were delighted to have supported the men on this demanding trek and even more thrilled to see the 'Beam flag' at Mount Everest base camp, on route to Island Peak summit.

What an accomplishment for Eoin, Mark and Fergal.  The view from the top must have been all the sweeter knowing that charities close to their hearts would benefit greatly.  

Scroll down to see more photos of the guys experience.