A 26-year-old man will next year attempt to become the youngest Irish person to conquer the world's highest peak.
Mark Quinn from Limerick is relishing the current Arctic conditions in Ireland as he prepares for his assault on Mount Everest in March. From Rhebogue in Limerick city, Mark is hoping to raise funds for the Shane Geoghegan Trust.
"The youngest Irish person to have climbed Everest is Corkwoman Samantha Carroll, who reached the summit in 2004 aged 28. If successful, l will be aged 27 on reaching the summit," Mark said yesterday.
An experienced climber, earlier this year Mark successfully reached the summit of Mount Aconcagua in the Argentinean Andes, which is 6,962m above sea level and the highest point in the world outside of Asia.
Mark has been an active charity fundraiser since leaving school. "The Shane Geoghegan Trust is a Limerick-based charity that raises funds for a variety of diversionary programmes for young people in Limerick city.
"These programmes target young people who may find themselves involved in criminal behaviour and offer them an alternative path," Mark said.
To support Mark's bid, an account has been opened in Ulster Bank, O'Connell Street, Limerick; account number 10041826, sort code 98-60-20.