Shellharbour Beach scattered on Everest

Peter Wells climbs upwards on May 23. Peter Wells on the summit of Mt Everest.
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Somewhere on top of the world there’s a little piece of Shellharbour Beach freezing its sun-bleached grains off.Adventurer and TV presenter Peter Wells scattered the sand on high last month when he realised his 15-year-old dream of climbing to the summit of Mt Everest.”It’s the beach that I grew up on and learnt to surf on; my roots are there,” said Wells, who now lives in Sydney’s northern beaches.Wells was among a group of five who dedicated the climb to raising awareness of bowel cancer.He thought himself well prepared for the challenge on arrival at base camp on April 1, but was quickly stunned by the onerous conditions.A warm spell had melted much of the ice, resulting in “massive avalanches that cut out the morning light”.A series of corpses exposed by the melting added to the apocalyptic element.Authorities removed five bodies in the early days of Wells’ two-month stay as part of a program to clean up the mountain.Bodies included that of a Sherpa buried for years beneath the treacherous mountain’s ice.”The passion for the mountain means you’re well read; you hear about all the deaths,” Wells said.The final ascent took five days, with Wells passing into the “death zone” – the 8000m point – after 8pm, using the light of the moon and his head-torch to light a path at times resembling a knife’s edge.He arrived at the summit just as the sun appeared over the Tibetan horizon at 5.19am on May 23.”The triangular shadow cast by Everest at that time in the morning; it stretched all the way to the horizon,” Wells said.”I actually said out loud: ‘thank you, thank you, thank you’. I was thanking the mountain that it had let me up there.”The accomplishment is the latest in a long line of hair-raising experiences for the Sydney Weekender presenter, who reached the summit of Tibet’s Mt Cho Oyu in September 2005 and who lists being woken by a lion outside his tent in Nakuru National Park in Kenya in 1999 as his scariest moment.

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