On top of the world!
Brian Freeman successfully summits Mt Everest, inspired by wounded Australian soldiers
At 6:14am Nepal time on Sunday 22 May, the remarkable former Australian Army Infantry and Special Forces Officer Brian Freeman successfully reached the top of the world, Mt Everest standing 8,848m above sea level.
The latest, and certainly highest, in his growing list of inspirational adventures, Brian’s summit was proudly supported by Insurance Advisernet and was completed in aid of Walking Wounded, the registered charity Brian established to help returned Australian soldiers.
After his initial attempt of the Everest summit was delayed for 24 hours by high winds, Brian’s team set off from Camp 4 at 9:30am on Saturday morning, reaching their goal almost 21 hours later. On arriving at the summit Brian laid 41 poppies on behalf of fallen Australian soldiers from Afghanistan. He was also carrying a Roll of Honour, presented to him by Australian Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove, before his trip began.
Making Brian’s summit even more poignant was the tragic news that a fellow Australian climber had lost her life on the very same slopes of Everest just 24 hours earlier.
Last reports via satellite had Brian and his team down to the ‘relative safety’ of Camp 2, still over 6,400m above sea level. He’s in good spirits despite suffering from some frostbite to his fingers.

Insurance Advisernet , May 22 2016

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