Surrey student, 17, climbs Mount Everest and shares video of stunning views from the top

May 21, 2018
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At the age of 17, Dmitry Tertychnyy has achieved what most adults will not achieve in their lifetime – that is, climb Mount Everest.

Dmitry, who reached the peak of the highest mountain on Thursday (May 17), is celebrating after completing the Seven Summits Challenge, which involves climbing the highest mountain in each of the seven continents.

Video footage by Dmitry shows breathtaking views from the mountain’s peak and two of his team members fist-bumping each other to celebrate their achievement.

The student at Charterhouse School in Godalming was part of an expedition and is one of the youngest people to have ever climbed the mountain in Nepal/Tibet.

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He is now resting in Advanced Base Camp.

Dmitry and his team climbed Mount Everest via the north ridge in Tibet. They then made a series of higher camps along the north face of the mountain and made their final push to the summit from Camp VI at 8,230m altitude.

The 17-year-old has also climbed Aconcagua in South America (6962m), Denali in North America (6194m), Kilimanjaro in Africa (5895m), Elbrus in Europe (5692m), Vinson Massif in Antarctica (4897m), and Pyramid Carstens in Australia (4884m).

Dmitry began mountain climbing at the age of 12, in 2013. His first attempt at climbing Kilimanjaro ended just 15 minutes from the peak due to altitude sickness.

Dmitry Tertychnyy at Mount Everest North Col 7000m
(Image: Dmitry Tertychnyy)

But the teenager was undeterred and decided to undertake the Seven Summits Challenge, which he completed five years later.

Dmitry said before setting off: “I have been mountain-climbing since 2013. At the age of twelve, my father and I tried to summit Kilimanjaro. Unfortunately, I had to turn back at 5720m, fifteen minutes’ walk from the peak, due to mountain sickness. After that expedition, my father and I set ourselves the goal of completing the Seven Summits Challenge and have now completed all except Everest!

“I really want to make this a special expedition for my school as well as for myself.”

A glacier spotted while climbing Mount Everest
(Image: Dmitry Tertychnyy)

Dr Alex Peterken, head teacher at Charterhouse School, said: “We are incredibly proud of Dmitry and congratulate him on this phenomenal achievement. We look forward to welcoming him back to Charterhouse.”

Dmitry follows in the footsteps of George Mallory, a former Charterhouse teacher who was part of the first three Everest expeditions in the 1920s.

The Godalming student has also been fundraising for Global Action Nepal (GAN), for which his school raised more than £6,500 in 2016. GAN is a non-governmental organisation which works to improve access to and the quality of education for poorer families in Nepal.

To help Dmitry in his fundraising efforts, visit his JustGiving page.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/surrey-student-17-climbs-mount-14675737


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