Hartlepool climber’s Everest dream is over after Nepal earthquake ends second attempt

HORROR: Climber Ellis Stewart, who was on his way to Everest Camp 1 when 'quake struck.
HORROR: Climber Ellis Stewart, who was on his way to Everest Camp 1 when 'quake struck.

A MOUNTAIN climber’s dream to reach the top of the world has been dashed forever.

Explorer Ellis Stewart has revealed that he will not make another attempt to climb Mount Everest after his second bid was halted by the earthquake in Nepal.

The 41-year-old was climbing to Everest’s Camp 1 when the earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.9, hit on Saturday morning.

The Hartlepool adventurer was hit by an icefall while on the world’s highest summit, but he managed to survive the deadly earthquake which has killed thousands of people.

His hopes were dashed last year just days before he was due to start his final ascent when a avalanche struck, this time claiming the lives of 16 Sherpa guides. He took to Facebook to confirm he is safe in Lukla awaiting a flight out to Kathmandu, also confirming he wouldn’t be attempting a third attempt at climbing Everest.

Ellis wrote: “I am one very relieved individual. I am now looking forward to returning home to my beautiful family, who I am probably going to have to work my socks off to make up for this.

“Sorry for the scare to all my loved ones and family. Having tried twice now on this mountain I can categorically say there won’t be a third attempt.

“Bring on Disney World this summer. I feel it may be a tad safer.

“Thank you for all your messages of support and concern.

“Onwards and finally downwards.”

Officials say the death toll from the quake has now passed 5,000, but could reach 10,000, with eight million people affected - more than a quarter of the population.

Ellis took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to reveal he had only just found out that Ronnie Moore’s Pools side managed to avoid relegation out of Sky Bet League Two.

It was the first message he had tweeted since surviving the disaster.

Tweeting from his @EllisJStewart account, he wrote: “Just found out @Official_HUFC avoided the drop.

“Great news all the way out here in #NepalEarthquake

“Well done the whole team and staff.”