Grandfather Phil Drowley achieves seven summits 'dream'

Phil Drowley Phil Drowley became the first climber from the Isle of Man to conquer Everest in 2008

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A Manx climber has completed his "dream challenge" of scaling the highest peak on each of the world's continents.

Phil Drowley completed the 'seven summits' challenge on 11 November after a 21-day expedition to the top of Australasia's Carstenz Pyramid.

The 46-year-old police officer from Douglas has already conquered the highest peaks on six continents.

Earlier this month the island's chief minister presented Mr Drowley with a Manx flag to hoist at the summit.

The acting chief inspector, who became the first Manx man to conquer Everest in 2008 is now one of only 230 people in the world who have completed the Seven Summits challenge.

The 'Seven Summits' challenge

  • Antarctica - Vinson Massif
  • S. America - Aconcagua
  • Africa - Kilimanjaro
  • Australasia - Carstensz
  • Asia - Everest
  • N. America - Mount McKinley
  • Europe - Elbrus

Mr Drowley gained his appetite for mountaineering in 2000 when he climbed Kilimanjaro with four police colleagues, raising £14,500 for charity.

As well as Everest and Kilimanjaro, he has climbed Vinson Massif in Antarctica, Aconcagua in Argentina, Mount McKinley in Alaska and Europe's highest mountain Elbrus in Russia.

Mr Drowley has been raising money for Ronald McDonald House Isle of Man Families and Friends.

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