Lad Attempting To Rope-Climb Height Of Mount Everest In 24 Hours For Teenage Cancer Trust
Meet Ross Edgley, the man who plans on rope-climbing the same height as Mount Everest in just 24 hours.
Why on Earth would anyone want to do that to themselves? Well, it's all in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity close to Ross' heart.
And it's not the first time Ross, 30, has done something utterly ridiculous in aid of the charity, having walked a marathon while pulling a 1.4 tonne car along behind him previously.
It simply begs the question, why is he doing this to himself? Ross told us exclusively:
"This all started because a close family friend was diagnosed with cancer. He was (and still is) an absolute specimen of an athlete. Rugby, football, motor racing, he basically played and excelled in anything you could race, win and compete at.
"But after being diagnosed acute myeloid leukaemia he had to undergo intensive chemotherapy - and a bone marrow transplant - so inevitably his sports career came to a standstill."
Thankfully, his friend recovered and is competing in the world of motor racing again but it was the Teenage Cancer Trust that helped him through it - and that's why Ross is so desperate to do all he can for the charity.
His latest feat, rope-climbing the height of Mount Everest (8848 metres), is actually taking place between 9am on Friday 22nd April and the same time on Saturday morning and will see him climbing up and down a 20m rope until he's done.
Again, it simply begs the question, how is he going to do this? He said:
"This is going to sound so strange but running a marathon with a car strapped to my back kind of left me with this newly acquired work capacity. I was training ten hours a day and was still springing out of bed fresh the next day.
"Which is why a week after the marathon I got the urge to do another event. So I rang the Teenage Cancer Trust, bought a rope, found a tree and began training."
Utter. Bloody. Madness.
BOOM! 4 days to go before #WorldsLongestRopeClimb --------------------------------------------- Cannot wait now :-) So lucky to have an AWESOME support team at @toughestrace @theproteinworks all to raise money for the LEGENDS at @teenage_cancer --------------------------------------------- For updates on the rope climb, add me on Snapchat: Rossedgley
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While his hands were getting torn up on that rope day after day in training, Ross did manage to find one positive to it all (aside from the charity thing).
"I do love my food. Because I am sometimes training for 10 hours a day, I do get to eat anywhere between 5-7000 calories a day."
Wouldn't mind getting on that diet myself but then I don't train for 10 hours a day, I just sit on my arse.
Ross, none of us would want to do what you're doing right now but believe me, we're all rooting for you.
If you know any young people suffering from cancer who needs help and support, direct them the way of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Words by George Pavlou
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