From Dreams to Reality
The aim of my particular
site is twofold; to send myself Ellis Stewart to Mount Everest in 2007 and
in doing so raise thousands of pounds for two Children’s Charities; Save
the Children and Dreams Comse True.
At 32 year old I am presently
what you would term a mature student as I am currently reading for a degree at
Teesside University in the North East of England. I hail from a small town 20
km up the coast from the university, Hartlepool near to County Durham.
After spending several years
of my life pursuing my dream of going to Everest, only to meet obstacle after
obstacle I decided to put my dream on hold. (With this website I have now took
my dream off hold).
I put my plans for Everest on
the back burner in 2003 and enrolled at University where I am due to graduate
in six months time, with a degree in e-business studies.
I have wanted to climb
Everest for an awfully long time, and in 2001 I decided to do something about
it, I sold my car, gave up my job, and sold pretty much the shirt off my back
in order to get myself into a position where I could make this dream happen.
On February 12th 2001 I
reached the summit of Aconcagua in South America, with a world renowned
guiding company from New Zealand, after we had spent two weeks on the mountain
attempting the standard trekking route.
Later that same year my
wander lust kicked in again and in September I left Heathrow yet again, this
time bound for the Himalayas with a British non guided team of climbers. The
destination this time was Mount Cho Oyu in the Tibetan Himalaya. At 8,201
metres above sea level, Cho Oyu is one of the 14 eight thousand metre peaks
and the planets sixth highest peak.
I really tested myself this
time climbing to well over 7,000 metres before having to admit defeat to
incredibly strong wind conditions. I returned to the UK not disappointed at
having not reached the top, but more overjoyed at the fact I had crossed the
7,000 metre barrier with no ill side effects or obvious symptoms of altitude
The next two years was spent
in all out assault at gaining funding and sponsorship to go back to the
Himalayas. This didn’t happen and I wasn’t able to muster any interest in my
climbing goals. I therefore decided to re focus my thought process and I
returned to University to read for my degree, which is where I am now.
With my Degree almost in the
bag, I am now re focusing once again, this time my mind set is shifting back
onto the Himalayas and a date with destiny.
I would class myself as just
an average guy from an average place with an average life. But the one
overwhelming difference is that I have an extraordinary dream. Which I hope to
live out as a result of this web site.
I will not and do not accept
mediocrity in life. We only live once, we only get once chance. We have to
take that chance to truly live and to be all that we can be. Life is there to
be lived and should be spent in the pursuit of the accomplishment of our
dreams, no matter how big or small. Everybody has an Everest to strive
towards. It just so happens that my Everest is Everest.
That is what drives me and
drives this passion; a passion that has taken me to the very brink of despair
and my sanity but it is a passion that is also going to take me to the roof of
Check out Ellis's pixel dream here
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