ADVENTUROUS Ellis Stewart has announced he plans to return to Mount Everest after his dream was dashed following a deadly avalanche.
The Hartlepool dad-of-three made it to the mountain’s base camp in April just as an avalanche struck higher up killing 16 guides.
Ellis, 41, and other dejected climbers were forced to come home after all further attempts to reach the summit were abandoned.
But after a summer of soul searching he has decided to give it another shot next year.
Ellis, married to Tamara, 36, said: “I’ve had a lot of sleepless nights and it was a tough decision but it is a no brainer.
“I’m never going to have a better chance to return, it is next year or never.”
Ellis, of Bishop Cuthbert, is able to return for a fraction of the £35,000 he raised this year as his mountain permit is still valid.
But he still needs to raise around £12,000 ($19,000) to cover costs and is appealing for any sponsors, particularly businesses, to back his bid.
If successful, Ellis will join friend and fellow Hartlepool climber, Michael Buttery, 45, on Everest.
To contact Ellis about sponsorship see his Everest Dream Facebook page.