MOUNTAIN climber Ellis Stewart has begun his Everest adventure with a specially written song to inspire him along the way.
Long-time friend Andrew Drummond, 37, has penned a tune called One Dream One Chance One Life for his Hartlepool friend, who is battling to achieve his 20-year dream of climbing Everest.
Dad-of-one Andrew used to work with Ellis at the Garlands Call Centre in town.
And to help his pal achieve his dream, he has donated the four-minute track to Ellis that he wrote recently.
Andrew, who works as a training consultant, said: “I have been playing music for 20 years but I had never written a song before.
“I have been watching Ellis closely since he last went to Nepal and he sells Everest-branded tops with One Dream One Chance One Life on the front.
I had been knocking this guitar line around in my head for a while and it sprang into place. I decided to give it a go and write the song as inspiration.
“I had been knocking this guitar line around in my head for a while and it sprang into place.
“I decided to give it a go and write the song as inspiration.
“I pulled this song together with a couple of friends and I have given it to Ellis.”
The song now features on Ellis’s website called Everest Dream and anyone who makes a donation to his cause can download the track.
Andrew added: “I am an outdoors type of person and I used to work with Ellis 15 years ago. I know he has been trying to climb Everest ever since then.”
Ellis, 41, will get a second shot at becoming the first person from Hartlepool to scale Mount Everest.
The dad-of-three’s hopes were dashed last year just days before he was due to start his final ascent when an avalanche struck, claiming the lives of 16 Sherpa guides.
But he hopes finally to fulfil his ambition this month. He will make his way up the south side of the mountain as part of a team led by experienced Everest climber Tim Melrose.
In a latest post on his Facebook page, Ellis told his followers he had reached Kyangjuma and spent his second night sleeping at more than 11,000ft as he prepared his body to adapt to the ever thinning air on the way to Everest.
By today, he expected to reach 12,000ft and was hoping to be half way to base camp. If he reaches the peak of Everest, Ellis will have climbed more than 29,000ft and hopes to achieve that during a two-month expedition.