Summit of success

9 May 2018

Lee FarmerAlumnus and explorer Lee Farmer (BSc Hons Residential Development 1996) is celebrating a special anniversary… it's 10 years since his Everest summit!

To mark the occasion, Lee is embarking on a three week expedition to the Himalayas. He said: “It'll be 10 years on 24 May since I summited Everest, so I thought it would be great to relive the trek to Base Camp. However, this time I’m doing a smaller mountain nearby called Island Peak.  It is arguably a bit more off the beaten track, and a baby at 6,100 metres!”

When Lee reached the summit of Everest in 2008, on his first attempt and without a guide, it was the fifth of his Seven Summits challenge (the world mountaineering challenge to reach the summit of each continents' highest point). It was the culmination of ten years of training and hard work. 

Lee has many memories from that time. He said: “The high altitude is really tough – the sickness, the cold and the breathing difficulties. The highs are many, but summiting is of course one them, although one has to remember that summit is only half way - you've got to get back down! Getting back to base camp and enjoying a
celebration cake and a beer is pretty awesome, as well as joining an elite club
of summiteers.”

Lee successfully completed the Seven Summits Challenge, finishing with Denali in Alaska in 2011 – a trip which he also guided. He’s also completed the toughest treks in South Africa and the UK, summited Mount Rainer in Washington State, summited Namibia's highest mountain and kayaked in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. 

All this fitted in around working for one of the largest house builders in the UK!

Good luck on your latest expedition Lee, and happy anniversary!  Find out more at



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