Eddie the Eagle ‘skiing’ Everest for charity
This month Eddie the Eagle, Britain’s former Olympic ski jumper, is joining over a hundred people in Austria, as they attempt to set a new World Record – skiing the height of Mount Everest in a day. The “Everest Challenge” is a fundraising event for the UK charity Ski 4 Cancer, for which Eddie has been a patron since 2014.
The Everest Challenge is scheduled to take place in the Austrian ski resort of Saalbach on Friday 11 March 2016 – the same day at the FIS European cup event so there should be plenty of atmosphere in resort.
Saalbach-Hinterglemm is part of the Skicircus – Austria’s largest ski area, with over 270kms of piste and 70 ski lifts.
It’s the first time such an attempt has been made and in order to clinch the world record, all the entrants will need to descent the height of Mount Everest – that’s 8,848m (29,029ft).
We wish everyone the best of luck!