Photo Credit: Dmitry Tertychnyy
Charterhouse School student's Everest fundraiser
Later this month Dmitry Tertychnyy, a sixth-form student at Charterhouse School, will be attempting to climb Mount Everest - the last peak in the Seven Summits challenge he and his father have set themselves. This challenge involves climbing the highest mountain on all seven continents. If successful, Dmitry will be the youngest European and youngest Russian to complete the Seven Summits challenge, aged 17 years.
Dmitry started climbing in 2014, at the age of 13. On his first attempt at Kilimanjaro, he was forced to turn back at 5720m, only 15 minutes from the summit, due to acute mountain sickness. Since then he and his father have successfully climbed six of the Seven Summits: Aconcagua in South America (6961m), Denali in North America (6190m), Kilimanjaro in Africa (5895m), Elbrus in Europe (5642m), Vinson Massif in Antarctica (4892m) and Carstensz Pyramid in Australia (4884m). All that remains is Mount Everest (8848m), the highest mountain in Asia - and the world!
As if this extraordinary physical and mental challenge wasn't enough, Dmitry has decided he would like to use this final climb of the Seven Summits challenge as an opportunity to raise money for Global Action Nepal, a charity close to the heart of Charterhouse pupils and staff. Dmitry told us "As this is an expedition that happens once in a lifetime, I want to make it special." In 2016, pupils and teachers at Charterhouse School raised an incredible £6,500 for Global Action Nepal which was used to support educational programmes in schools in the Kathmandu Valley. In climbing Everest, Dmitry is following in the footsteps of Charterhouse teacher, George Mallory, who was part of the first three Everest expeditions in the 1920s. Dmitry will be keeping a mountain blog on Instagram @mountaineersdream. To support Dmitry in his efforts to fundraise for Global Action Nepal please follow the link to his fundraising page: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mteverest2018