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Father and Son Scale Everest


Charles Burr, 57, and son Oliver, 29, both scaled the world’s highest mountain – climbing an amazing 29,035 ft. But the pair, from Wilmslow, didn’t reach the summit together – despite getting within touching distance of the top.
They initially attempted the challenge together in 2004 but Charles had to turn back just metres from the summit when high winds forced him off the mountain. Oliver did make it to the top, despite temperatures of minus 30 degrees.

An American climber had died on his descent only days before.
Although Charles, a McDonald’s franchisee, had to turn back early he and Oliver set a British record for the highest altitude achieved by a father and son team on Everest, reaching 27,887 feet on May 19, 2004.
But Charles always regretted having to quit so close to the finish line and was determined to give it another shot. So he went back into training and tried again last month – finally reaching the top on May 16.
Now back home, Charles told of his delight at achieving his ambition and said he was proud that they are the only father and son team in Britain to have climbed the mountain.
He said: "I had unfinished business – I felt that on the previous occasion I was hampered by atrocious weather and was just incredibly unlucky.
"I’m still walking on air at the moment, it doesn’t seem real. It’s such a fantastic feeling and something I wasn’t sure would ever happen.
"I gave everything to it and feel very lucky to have got through it – it makes it more special knowing that Oliver has also done it.
"Although we didn’t achieve Everest together, most of my climbing has been done with my son – we’ve scaled various mountains throughout Europe, China and Pakistan."
Oliver, who is due to get married next month, also holds the world record for the youngest person to conquer the Matterhorn, which he accomplished with his dad when he was just 13.
The pair have raised thousands of pounds through their climbing for the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides free accommodation to families with seriously ill children in hospital.
The charity is now fundraising to build a new 60-bed house at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
 

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