Fundraiser aims for sixth summit of Everest

23 March 2017: An inexhaustible fundraiser for UK children’s charity the NSPCC is to attempt to summit Mount Everest for the sixth time.

David Tait

David Tait has collected over £1m in sponsorship from his previous climbs of the world’s highest peak, which have included becoming the first person to complete the north-south traverse, in 2007.

He will set out on his latest challenge on 14 April, hoping that a favourable weather window will allow him to make his fastest ascent yet, or even give him time to climb the 29,029ft (8,848m) peak twice in one season.

Cathartic process

As part of his essential kit David and his climbing companions will carry a BGAN broadband satellite terminal and an IsatHub terminal, which will allow him to use his own smart device from the mountain slopes. Inmarsat is supplying the equipment and airtime.

“I always like to know I’m connected somehow – I’m not the sort of person who likes to leave all that behind,” said David, whose support for the NSPCC stems from his own abusive childhood. “I need Inmarsat to send my dispatches, which are a very important part of my fundraising climbs. I write about how the experience feels and it becomes quite a cathartic process for me, as well as raising awareness about what I am doing.”

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