Eyeing Everest, battling Crohn’s
With Kilimanjaro conquered, Clinton Shard prepares for base camp
Less than four months after reaching the top of the world’s highest freestanding mountain, 16-year-old Clinton Shard is preparing to brave high altitude once again by trekking to Mount Everest base camp in March.
Shard, who suffers from Crohn’s Disease, is again joining IBD Adventures to raise funds and awareness for the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS). Last September, he contributed nearly $9,000 to the more than $30,000 that the team raised by trekking to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Shard’s experience in Africa should serve him well when he sets out on the 10-day trek to the Nepal base camp, which is located at an altitude of 5,360 metres. He didn’t know how his body was going to react before his last journey.
“I’m going into it with a little more confidence just because I know I can function pretty well at high altitudes. But we still are at high altitudes so stuff can go wrong and so it’s making sure we’re fit enough and eating well,” he said.
Shard is reuniting with fellow Crohn’s Disease sufferer Rob Hill of North Vancouver, who will make his second attempt at completing his goal of climbing the highest summits on each of the world’s seven continents. Hill attempted the climb last year but severe intestinal problems forced him off the mountain.
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