Six decades to realise Everest trek dream

Mount Everest attracts thousands of walkers each year
Image caption The trek started from Lukla in the foothills of the Himalayas

A group of fathers and sons from Cornwall have successfully reached an Everest base camp, even though none of them were serious trekkers.

The trek, which took 19 days, started at Lukla in the foothills and took them to Kala Patar.

For one of the team, it had been a dream for 59 years from first hearing the news of the first ascent of the world's highest mountain.

The team spent two years hill training in Cornwall and Wales.

'A big hill'

The team was called Drek Trek, after the Cornish saying dreckly which represents an unspecified period of time.

Jim Swingewood, 70, one of the team members, said: "I remember as a boy picking up the newspaper and saying to my granddad what is Everest?

"He said it was a big hill and told me about the men who had just climbed it.

"Since then that was my dream and we all met up in the pub one day and I said to them, 'who fancies a walk'?"

The team spent up to 12 hours a day walking, before finally reaching South Base Camp in Nepal at an altitude of 5,364m (17,598ft).

Mr Swingewood said: "There's no fool like an old fool and I am the first to admit it, never again will I try to climb so high."

The team left a prayer flag in the form of a Cornish tartan linked with a poppy in memory of James Allen, a youngster from Cornwall who died of a brain tumour in October 2011.

The trekkers were raising funds for the James Allen Brain Tumour Trust, among others.

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