Eton boys aim high with mission to fly Olympic flag from Everest
Tommaso Cuniberti, 15, Ned Kenwright, 14, Alastair Revell, 15, Benedict Burgess-Smith, 15, Olav Dyvik Henke, 15, Magnus Burgess-Smith, 13, Timothy Rawlinson, 14, and Fred Parry, 15, are due to set off on the expedition. They are preparing to travel more than 4,600 miles to Everest in a bid to fly an Olympic flag from the mountain for the first time. Accompanying them will be Dr Ed Russell and Nick Leathers with expedition leader Serena Brocklebank (Dame, SMM). The group will leave for Kathmandu on Thursday. They will be greeted by the British ambassador in the Nepalese capital before beginning an 18-day trek to Everest base camp.
There the flag will be handed to sherpa Phurba Tashi, who has completed the challenge 19 times. He will then attempt to carry it to the summit, 8,850 metres up, by early May. For the full article published in the Evening Standard, 20 March 2011 please click here.