Rich Parks (left) and Steve Williams (right) in Xegar, Tibet
At this moment three good friends are attempting Everest and my thoughts are with them. Mark, Steve and Rich were part of our Cho Oyu expedition last fall, which for them was a training run for The Big One.
Mark Pinnock is a Brit who lives in Chatel, not far from Geneva, and I regret not taking time to visit him after SIHH but the schedule just didn’t work out.
Steve and Rich were an inseparable team on Cho Oyu and have continued their adventures by skiing to the North Pole prior to reaching Everest base camp on April 30th. Already three weeks behind schedule, they will struggle to catch up with the team’s acclimatization.
If anyone can do it, these two can! Steve Williams OBE is better known as a two-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing, and Richard Parks is probably even better known for his career as a professional rugby player.
All three are the best of people and it is truly an honor to know them. Mark is climbing on behalf of his charity, the Saint Francis Hospice (http://www.markpinnock.com/), while Rich and Steve are well into a world's-first multi-event race called the 737 Challenge for the Marie Curie Cancer Cure. (http://www.737challenge.com/).
Please take the time to look over their websites and perhaps support the cause. “Warm” wishes are also welcome!
Mark Pinnock at Base Camp, Everest