Hartlepool climber’s Everest dream may be dashed after avalanche deaths

Ellis Stewart
Ellis Stewart

HARTLEPOOL mountain climber Ellis Stewart’s dream to reach the top of the world could be in doubt.

Mail readers have followed Ellis’ bid to climb Mount Everest but it could be could be over as concern is growing that ascents up the world’s largest mountain may be called off.

It comes after 16 Sherpas died in an avalanche last week and growing tensions between the guides and the Nepalese Government.

Dad-of-two Ellis, 40, from the Bishop Cuthbert area of the town, wrote in his latest update on his Facebook page: “Looks like I could be on my way home soon.

“We are still camped at base camp awaiting perhaps a miracle.

“Whatever happens it has been quite the journey so far, one I naturally hope is to continue for several more weeks yet. But if not then c’est la vie.”

The avalanche happened on Friday, April 18, hitting an area at around in the Khumbu Icefall.

Ellis was quick to report to his followers that he was okay after the avalanche, off the west shoulder of Everest, which involved Sherpas who had been working to carry loads to points on Camps 1 and 2 on the mountain.

The Mail reported yesterday how the leisure clothing businessman, who had hopes to reach the 29,029ft summit, was awaiting news while at base camp.

Ellis was hoping to achieve his 20-year dream and being the first town man to reach the summit of the world’s highest mountain.

The expedition is costing Ellis around £35,000 in flights, permits, kit and insurance.

But he is also using the experience to collect sponsorship for the NSPCC charity.