There is no challenge too great or mountain too high for a determined South Tyneside explorer jetting off across the globe today to take care of unfinished business.
Adventurer Steve Berry has already scaled six of the seven highest mountains on each continent – with his sights set on making it a magnificent seven in the New Year – during a remarkable climbing career.
Both of us are pretty excited now the time has finally come.Steve Berry
But the super-fit 60-year-old still remembers the one that got away – after he was forced to abandon his ascent to the summit of Ama Dablam in Nepal last year after freak blizzards and a massive avalanche brought their plans to a halt.
He packed his bags alongside climbing partner Ray Smith today to clock up even more air miles for a second shot at conquering the daunting mountain.
Mr Berry, from Central Avenue, South Shields, said; “Our bags all packed ready for the off.
“Both of us are pretty excited now the time has finally come.
“We need good weather this time and to stay healthy – then we should be in with a great chance of success.”
Mr Berry and fellow mountaineer Mr Smith were attempting to scale Ama Dablam, in the east of Nepal, in October of last year when extreme weather conditions led them to abandon the challenge.
A fellow climber was killed in an accident while Steven and Ray were moving up the daunting 6,800 metre -high peak.