Our virtual Everest expedition

We are staging a virtual climb of Mount Everest to raise money for Wellspring, Carers Resource and Covid relief. All the previous daily blogs can be read here.






In a few weeks’ time our President should be standing on the top of the highest mountain in the world – but without leaving Yorkshire. It will be the culmination of our virtual expedition up Everest to raise money for our Covid Relief Fund which has already given away some £10,000.  


We aim to get some twenty Club members to Base Camp and then a party of six will start up towards the summit. To succeed between us we will have to walk over 1,500 miles and climb 1,000,000 feet.  


For some weeks now Club members have been getting miles in the bank by pounding lanes and fields, trekking across the Yorkshire Dales and climbing anything that can be climbed locally. Steps up to Knaresborough Castle, stairs in a high-rise apartment, even the hill at the back of a member’s house. Project leader Graham Chilvers has devised a formula that enables him to translate our Yorkshire miles and feet of ascent into Everest miles and feet taking account of altitude, gradient, weather and under-foot conditions. An Everest mile can be many Yorkshire miles.


To date the trek has raised some £2500 in sponsorship from members and friends but now we’re opening it up to everyone in a bid to reach our target of £5000. Most of the money we raise will go to support two local organisations that help to pick up the pieces when people suffer from the fall-out from Covid. ‘Carers’ Resource’ supports those who devote their lives to caring for a close friend or family member. ‘Wellspring’ offers a mental health counselling service, giving advice, offering support and helping to make a real difference to countless lives. These are charities whose work is needed now as never before and this is why we are defying the years by walking and climbing.”  

You can listen to our Radio York interview here.


Follow our virtual progress here or on our Facebook and Twitter pages 

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And from all of us on the Everest slopes – “Thankyou”. 

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Our virtual Everest expedition sub-pages:

President David

How We Climbed Everest

more Everest, but not as you know it !


Farewell to the Himalayas

more A summary of our virtual Everest trek


Our Virtual Everest Trek Back At Base Camp

more Back At Base Camp, What A Relief !


Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Twenty Two

more Despite everything our President has made it to the top of the world.

A weary trudge

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Twenty One

more Onward and upwards to the south col and camp four.

Major Lil

Half Way There

more About our friend in Nepal, Major Lil

Another Whiteout

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Twenty

more Held back again.

The Lhotse face from camp3

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Nineteen

more Camp 3 rest day.

Everest Peak ahead

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Eighteen

more Ever upwards !

View from Camp 2

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Seventeen

more Here we are at Camp two.

The valley of silence

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day 16

more In the valley of silence.


Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Fifteen

more Not much to see through the whiteout.

Climbing on the ice.

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Fourteen

more Climbing the Ice Fall

Ice fall from base camp day 13

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Thirteen.

more A taste of the real thing.

Sunrise at basecamp day 12

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Twelve


Base Camp 1 day 11

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Eleven

more Settling into base camp

Our Avalanche

Our Virtual Everest Trek Day Ten

more Finally reaching base camp.


Our Virtual Everest Expedition Day Nine

more On to Gorak Shep

Ama Dablam

Our Virtual Everest Trek day Eight

more Getting up amongst the real Himalayas

Keep inside the yaks!

Our Virtual Everest Trek, Day Seven

more Our yaks on the trail.


Our Virtual Everest Trek, Day Six

more Onwards to Dingboche.


Everest Expedition Day Five

more Onwards and upwards

Everest Trek Day Four

more Leaving Namche

Brigantes Everest Expedition Day Three

more A rest day in Namche

The bridge at Namche

Everest trek day two

more We move on towards Namche

The airport

Everest trek day one

more Arriving at Luckla Airport