South Armagh man conquers world’s highest mountain!
A south Armagh man has become the 48th Irish person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Forty one year old Adrian McNally, a Silverbridge native now living in Navan, County Meath reached the peak of the 8,848m mountain in the early hours of Friday May 18th after a gruelling ascent, which tragically cost the life of one of his team members.
The intrepid adventurer, whose family hails from Silverbridge and Newtownhamilton, had spent the previous two months in the Himalayas acclimatising and training for the challenge of a lifetime. A seasoned athlete, the owner of haulage company, McNally Logistics, spent just a year training at home for the climb, scaling peaks in Ireland and Scotland under team leader Tim Mosedale.
The dedicated sportsman is no stranger to pushing his body to the limits however, having completed a number of iron man challenges over the years, as well as the world’s toughest cycle, the Race Across America.
Adrian’s family and supporters had excitedly tracked the progress of his incredible feat online and were delighted to hear that he had safely reached the highest summit in the world despite the weather hampering the ascent at stages. Stephen Ball, spokesperson for Bohermeen Athletic Club in Navan, where Adrian is a prominent member and the club’s main sponsor, said they were “hugely proud of Adrian on his outstanding and unique achievement” and members are delighted that he left a specially designed club medal at the summit as a memento. The club say the adventurer’s success on his first attempt at Everest was “inevitable”. “Adrian is simply a very determined person – even stubborn as some would say,” said Mr Ball.
The south Armagh man’s first port of call upon arriving back in Ireland last week was to his grandmother, Mary, in Newtownhamilton who was relieved to see her thrill seeking grandson return safe and well from the world’s most dangerous climb. Speaking to The Examiner, Adrian thanked everyone for their kind wishes and support throughout his gruelling expedition and he took the opportunity to express his condolences to the family of his team member who sadly died during the expedition.