Amanda conquers Everest base camp for cancer charities

Posted in Connect on May 20, 2019.

Most of us like to do our bit for charity but few would go as far as Bonniconlan native Amanda Conlon who recently returned from conquering base camp on Mount Everest. Amanda, who is a freelance make up artist and a member of the Reserve Defence Forces, took the challenge on in aid of two cancer care-related charities- Friends of St.Luke’s and Cancer Care West. Travelling without any companions, she completed the climb as part of a guided group tour operated by Venture 2 Adventures, Which is run by an acquaintance.

Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that she accomplished the climb with very little experience of mountaineering and just seven months of training. The adventure took over two weeks and involved climbing to a height of 5,380m in hugely challenge conditions that included sub zero temperatures, snow storms, fog, a limited diet, and even an 4.7 magnitude earthquake.

Nevertheless, Amanda describes the experience as a “once in a lifetime” one. ” I would highly recommend it. I loved every minute and every challenge along the way. The feeling of making base camp was worth every second of the early mornings, tough climbs, and sub temperatures at night.”

On returning to Ireland on April 24 last, Amanda was blown away to discover that donations to the Go Fund Me account she set up for her Everest base camp climb had tripled original target of €500 and she would like to thank every-one who supported/sponsored her.

You can still donate to Amanda’s chosen charities online

by Orla Hearns, Western People 20th May 2019


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