Maria's Everest quest raises more than £1k for charity
PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 November 2017
A Clevedon woman has completed an epic charity challenge which saw her climb to one of the highest points on Earth.
Maria Mason has raised more than £1,000 pounds for The Brain Tumour Charity after ascending to the dizzying heights of Mount Everest Base Camp, in Nepal.
Maria, who owns the Beauty Time salon in Cleeve, spent 13 days trekking to reach a staggering altitude of 5,700m, which is close to two thirds of the full height of the world’s largest mountain and is more than four times higher than Scotland’s Ben Nevis.
The beauty specialist’s journey to base camp, at 5,360m, started in Kathmandu on October 23, and saw her encounter freezing temperatures and ‘horrendous’ conditions during the 13-day trek.
Maria told the Times ascending beyond base camp and seeing the Khumbu Glacier was ‘very surreal’.
She said: “I have to keep looking at the photos to remind myself it wasn’t a dream.
“I felt happy and elated to have been one of the lucky ones who didn’t suffer any problems. One girl had to be air-lifted off as she suffered from acute mountain sickness. I was lucky to have my friend Anthony Carty, who is also from Clevedon, with me to share the moment with.
“When I got home I celebrated with my family by having a big Sunday lunch and watching the film Everest.”
Maria chose to support The Brain Tumour Charity because a long-serving member of staff contracted, and overcame, the condition nine years ago.
And her efforts, which pushed her ‘to the limit’ have raised a whopping £1,360 for the cause, with donations still flooding in.
Maria added: “You learn so much about yourself when you are put in extreme conditions, sleeping in a tent at -15 degrees, climbing for eight hours a day at high altitude, with horrendous toilets, and mice and rats around you in the middle of the night.
“You learn you can cope, that you have courage and when you look at the people around you learn you don’t really have it so bad either.
“I will never forget the peaceful spiritual people I have meet in this beautiful land, it will stay in my heart forever.”
For information on how to donate contact Beauty Time on 01275 464999.