Well it turns out some sherpa will climb the last 8,ooo metres to the summit but let’s not quibble over a good news story – is there nothing these etonians can’t do?
Eight Eton schoolboys 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.
The group — the youngest member is 13 — 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. Expedition leader Serena Brocklebank, an Eton “dame” or house mistress, said the idea came about after the boys said they wanted to go an expedition to Everest.
When they heard that the British embassy in Nepal wanted to take a flag to the top of the mountain they decided to combine the two ideas.
Miss Brocklebank, who used to live in Nepal where she worked as vice consul for three years and as an expedition leader for two, said: “The boys very much wanted to do an Everest base camp trip anyway but we thought ‘what better way to celebrate London 2012 than by taking a flag from a low altitude venue to the highest altitude in the world.”
Eton’s rowing centre at Dorney Lake near Windsor is the venue for the rowing and kayak events in the Olympic and Paralympics.
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.
NAMES THAT WILL ECHO THROUGH ETERNITY – BENEDICT BURGESS-SMITH, MAGNUS BURGESS-SMITH
I have decided to mount my own rival classwar eXpedition so it’ll be Amundsen and Scott allover again. this morning i telegraphed eton with the chilling words ‘EVEREST OR DEATH’ to alert them to a fair fight. After that i posted the class war flag to a sherpa in Katmandu with a fewquid and askedif he could pop upto the summit with it. SORTED.