The Climb to Everest Base Camp for The Steve Prescott FoundationPosted on October 13th, 2016
Around about this time last year, one of our patients, Hayley Russell was preparing to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for The Steve Prescott Foundation. Mike Ellenthorpe was also there accompanying Hayley, and it seems like he’s hooked! Very soon he will be ascending Mount Everest for the same charity, to raise further awareness of such a great cause.
Joining Mike will be ITV’s Emmerdale bad boy, Michael Parr, legendary rugby league players Lee Briers, Barrie McDermott, Alan Hunte, Chico Jackson, Mike Wainwright, Ade Gardner, Iestyn Harris and Neil Harmon.
We asked Mike a few questions on his training and overcoming his injury in time for the big climb!
What does The Steve Prescott Foundation (The SPF) mean to you?
The SPF has opened up an opportunity for me to be part of a unique foundation, which has so many like-minded individuals who are committed to try and give something back to things that we consider to be important. The special bond between those I’ve shared experiences with over the past 18 months has been incredibly memorable and inspiring, a fantastic community of genuine people who make a difference.
How have you prepared for this trip and how long have you been training for?
My prep and training has been consistent over the past 9 months. Multiple ways really – firstly, it’s vitally important to get lots of miles in the legs, by going outdoors to build stamina, endurance and fitness, both body and mind – my training grounds are Peak District, Snowdon and Lake District. The additional preparation is through gym strength work and cardio – my plan has been varied and enjoyable…well mostly.
You did Kilimanjaro last year, has it helped you feel more mentally prepared for Everest?
Absolutely, that trip was brutal and I suffered severe altitude sickness – I’m very confident the experiences from that challenge will stand me in good stead for EBC (Everest Base Camp) – my prep has been better also.
Will you be playing another game of Rugby once you reach base camp?
No – thankfully
What kind of injury do you have and how did it happen?
Weber, a fracture of the right ankle – descending Scafell Pike (tallest mountain in England) in severely poor conditions, lost footing…ankle got locked between two large rocks, body continued to move forward due to 65mph winds but my ankle didn’t. Very lucky it could have been so much worse.
How did you hear about Harris & Ross?
I was personally recommended by a friend, a former professional rugby player who knew Becky (Hodgkiss). And what a great referral – Becky has been tremendous, no nonsense approach but very supportive and encouraging.
What are you most looking forward to on this trip?
Arrival into Kathmandu – the banter between friends…arriving at Lukla and cracking on with the trek. Successfully summiting Kala Patthar, then witnessing the awesome sight of Mt. Everest before me. This challenge has been on my bucket list for many years.